Aug. 6. 2015
- U.S. Intelligence: Iran Already Sanitizing Nuclear Site – Josh Rogin and Eli Lake
Satellite imagery picked up by U.S. intelligence in mid- and late July showed that Iran had moved bulldozers and other heavy machinery to the suspected nuclear military site at Parchin to clean up the site ahead of planned inspections by the IAEA. This calls into question Iran’s intention to fully account for the possible military dimensions of its current and past nuclear development.
David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, said, “You have to worry that…it’s Iran’s last-ditch effort to eradicate evidence there. The day is coming when they are going to have to let the IAEA into Parchin, so they may be desperate to finish sanitizing the site.” The facility first came to the attention of the international community in 2004 when reports surfaced that it was being used to test explosives for a nuclear warhead. In 2012, Abright’s group reported on satellite imagery that it said showed efforts to clean up evidence of an explosives testing chamber there. (Bloomberg)