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Expert: Iran uses Parchin as deal tool with P5+1

Iran Materials 27 August 2012 10:49
Despite four rounds of direct talks between Iran and IAEA conducted since October 2011, according to the sides' statements, there is not any achieved concrete progress yet.
Expert: Iran uses Parchin as deal tool with P5+1

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 25 / Trend D.Khatinoglu/

Despite four rounds of direct talks between Iran and IAEA conducted since October 2011, according to the sides' statements, there is not any achieved concrete progress yet.

Iranian origin expert Reza Taghizadeh, who lives in Great Britain, believes that an alleged nuclear related test at Parchin Military base is still a sensitive dispute between Iran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and an obstacle toward the progress in talks.

Iran and IAEA held an 8-hour new round of negotiations over Tehran's disputed nuclear program on Aug.24 without any result, Herman Nackaerts, the International Atomic Energy Agency's chief inspector said yesterday.

The main dispute is over Iran's Parchin military base. A nuclear related test was supposed to occur there.

IAEA Secretary General Yukia Amano reported last November that it seems Iran conducted a neutron-shooting test, which is used in nuclear bomb trigger as the first chain of explosion continuum in nuclear warhead.

Taghizadeh says that according to the reports that some of them have been confirmed by IAEA, Iran has been cleaning up Parchin military base. "Some experts says that after cleaning the area, removing the facilities and washing the land, it's hard to prove that whether Iran has conducted any nuclear related test or not. Some others say that the clue of neutron-shooting test remains for at least 200 years," he said.

Taghizadeh says Iran can argue that the clues belong to facilities that were bought from foreign markets. Earlier, in 2004 the clue of 90 percent-enriched uranium was found in Iran. Tehran said the origin of this high-enriched uranium is the centrifuges that Iran has brought from Pakistan.

Iranian representative to IAEA told Trend in May that Tehran agrees to allow IAEA inspectors to visit Parchin, but it needs defining a scheduled framework.

Taghizadeh says that it seems Iran is ready to allow IAEA, but it delays because of some reasons.

Iran and P5+1 have restarted nuclear negotiations, after 15 month-delay since January 2012.

"Iran wants to use Parchin as a part of other disputed political issues to deal with P5+1, but everybody knows that passed time is not in favor of Iran because of sanctions," he said.

Until now, the UN Security Council has adopted four rounds of sanctions on Iran to curve Iran's nuclear policy and to curb the country's sensitive nuclear activities, but Iran has announced it will keep its nuclear activities. The West countries suspect that Iran is going to make nuclear weapon, but Iran rejects, calling its activities "peaceful".

The EU and the U.S. have imposed tighten sanctions over Iran's banking and oil sectors which led to halve the country's oil export to 1.1 mbpd.

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