Allegations on Iran's activities in Parchin baseless - IAEA envoy

Nuclear Program Materials 31 May 2012 12:12 (UTC +04:00)

Iran's IAEA envoy, Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh, dismissed here on Wednesday the West's accusations on Iran's efforts to remove the remaining of its illegal activities in Parchin military site, calling the allegations as baseless, IRNA reported.

Soltaniyeh made the remarks in a meeting with some press reporters after a briefing at an IAEA technical meeting.

"Third parties should not interfere in Iran and IAEA technical cooperation to resolve the nuclear issue; this kind of noise and allegations are baseless," the envoy underlined.

Soltanieh made clear that the IAEA could only gain access to Parchin once a broader agreement had been reached on how to address the agency's questions about possible military aspects to Iran's nuclear program.

The Parchin complex is at the center of western allegations that Iran has been conducting research and experiments relevant to developing a nuclear weapons capability. The Islamic Republic has repeatedly denied any such ambition.

At Wednesday's briefing for diplomats accredited to the Vienna-based agency, IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts presented several satellite images, including from November and earlier this month, participants said.

Nackaerts did not elaborate on what he believed was happening at the facility, apart from reiterating that the agency needed to go there to clarify the issue, diplomats said.

Iran, which denies western accusations it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons capability, has dismissed charges aired about Parchin as "childish" and "ridiculous".

The IAEA had not yet given good enough reasons to visit Parchin, which Iran says is solely a conventional military site.

"The reasons and documents have still not been presented by the agency to convince us to give permission for this visit," the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano had said after visiting Tehran last week that he expected this framework agreement to unblock the agency's investigation would be signed soon, but Soltaniyeh had said it had not yet been finalized.

UN nuclear inspectors displayed new satellite imagery on Wednesday claiming that some small buildings had been dismantled and other possible clean-up work undertaken at an Iranian military site they want to visit.

In case of recent nuclear talks between Iran and G5+1, it should be noted that Secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran (SNSCI), Saeed Jalili had two-day intensive talks with the G5+1, headed by the EU Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, on Iran nuclear issue.

EU foreign policy chief, who headed the delegations of the six world powers in negotiations with Tehran, announced in the joint press conference with Jalili that the two sides made progress and held positive talks in Baghdad on Wednesday and Thursday.

Secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran also said on last Thursday that the Tehran-G5+1 talks were held in a good atmosphere.

The Baghdad meeting came after Iran and the six world powers resumed talks in Istanbul, Turkey, last month and agreed to meet again in the Iraqi capital on May 23.

The two sides are due to continue their negotiations in the Russian capital, Moscow, on June 18 and 19.

Edited by: S. Isayev