Diplomats: IAEA sees signs of 'activities' at Iran site

February 29, 2012 16:40


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VIENNA - The UN nuclear watchdog believes unspecified "activities" may be taking place at an Iranian military site which make its request to visit the Parchin facility more urgent, Western diplomats said on Wednesday.

Herman Nackaerts, head of nuclear inspections at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), made the comment about Parchin at a closed-door briefing for member states of the Vienna-based UN agency, diplomats said.One diplomat who took part in Wednesday's briefing quoted Nackaerts as saying there "may be some ongoing activities at Parchin which add urgency to why we want to go" there.

Nackaerts did not specify what kind of activities may be taking place or whether they may involve efforts by Iran to conceal something, the diplomats added.

Another envoy cited Nackaerts as saying the agency monitored the site via satellite images.

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