US State Department clarifies description of Parchin as nuclear site

August 28, 2015 20:10


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NEW YORK - Iran's military complex at Parchin formerly served as a nuclear site, but no longer does, State Department spokesman John Kirby told The Jerusalem Post on Friday.

Kirby was clarifying a comment he made on Thursday afternoon in a briefing with reporters, in which he characterized the controversial facility as "a conventional military site, not a nuclear site."

The United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency suspects that Parchin hosted Iran's experimentation with nuclear weapons technology over the last decade. The agency seeks access to the site in order to resolve its investigation into that past work.

That access - outlined in a road-map agreed upon by the IAEA and Iran last month - is the first step toward implementation of the larger nuclear deal reached with world powers on July 14.

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