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Take Two: Iran Suspected Of Clean-Up Operation At Nuclear Site

This is now the second time the Iranians have been suspected of “whitewashing” a known nuclear site …

By Jon Swaine, The Telegraph – “New satellite photographs appear to show that unusual activity has taken place in recent weeks at the Parchin site outside Tehran, according to the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS).

A large stream of water pictured flowing from the building, said to feature an ‘explosive chamber’ for testing, ‘raises concerns that Iran may have been washing inside the building’, according to the group.

A series of unidentified items were also shown lined up outside the building in the April 9 photographs. Pictures taken in March and in July 2011 showed neither, suggesting unusual recent developments.

David Albright, ISIS’s founder, said its finding backed up concerns at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has been denied access to the site since 2005, over recent ‘activity’ there.

‘Iran should immediately allow IAEA inspectors into the Parchin site and allow access to this specific building,’ said Mr Albright, a former inspector. ‘It should also explain the purpose of the activities’.” Read more.

EU tells defiant Iran it “must” suspend atom activity – “The European Union told Iran on Monday it must suspend uranium enrichment, a few days after the Islamic state ruled out doing just that, as Tehran and the West engaged in diplomatic shadow-boxing ahead of nuclear talks this month. The United States called on Iran to take “urgent practical steps” to build confidence during negotiations with world powers on Tehran’s nuclear programme, which Washington and its allies suspect is a bid to develop an atomic bomb capability.” Read more.

Flashback: Former Ambassador John Bolton: Iran May Be Much Closer to a Nuclear Bomb Than the World Realizes – “A report that Iran is about a year away from having the capability to build a nuclear bomb may be too optimistic, contended John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. ‘I worry the publicly available information is giving only a very small picture and that Iran is actually even much further along,’ Bolton said today in a radio interview… Reacting to the one-year timeline, Bolton stated, ‘I think it can be even less than that.’” Read more.

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