Iran Will Not Allow IAEA Visit to Nuclear Site

Parchin site near Tehran
Parchin site near Tehran

Parchin site near Tehran

Stop Fundamentalism – Iranian regime has once again denied access to a suspicious nuclear weapon testing site to the United Nations nuclear watchdog, says Iranian state-run news agency ISNA.

The International Atomic Energy Agency suspects that a site named Parchin which is located inside a secured military compound near Tehran to be a test site for nuclear warhead trigger.  The agency hoped, following agreements with Iran last year, it would be allowed to enter the site.

Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency Organization head, Fereidoon Abbasi, told ISNA yesterday that Tehran would not agree to any inspection of sites that fall outside of the NPT agreement.  He said any negotiation with the UN agency would be based on rules, regulations, and rights of the Iranian people.

Abbasi said that Iran would be willing to answer IAEA questions on the condition that the Agency would reveal evidence and information it has.

Iran gave signals at the end of last year that it may agree to IAEA access following a comprehensive agreement with the UN agency.

President Obama signed new sanctions against Iran’s energy and shipping sector, tightening the international grip on the country even further.

Australia announced yesterday that it is expanding sanctions against Iran’s  financial, trade, energy and transport sectors.  The sanctions aim to further increase pressure on Iran to “comply with its nuclear non-proliferation obligations and with U.N. Security Council resolutions and to engage in serious negotiations on its nuclear program,” said Australia’s Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, in a statement today.  He emphasized that these sanctions are aligned with those introduced by the European Union and other countries.