Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 8
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Raising the issue of Parchin nuclear site by western media aims to unsettle the nuclear accord, Iranian foreign affairs minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said.
"Publishing such news shows that all these claims against Iran are baseless," Iran's ISNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying on August 8. "As we mentioned before, road construction was underway in the vicinity of Parchin."
"Such false things have been already published," Zarif said. "They do not seek anything but to unsettle the nuclear accord."
Meanwhile, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Aug. 8 that West created a mock propaganda on Iran's Parchin nuclear site in order to affect the international arena.
The fact that Iran pursued the nuclear talks seriously did not emerge from a tactical point of view. Instead, it was reviewed and discussed in different sessions, Iran's Fars news agency quoted Larijani as saying on August 8.
"All aspects were studied and discussed during the talks," he said. "No one decided on the issue alone. The nuclear talks were among the most challenging talks during history."
"Referring to the nuclear agreement with world powers he said that the nuclear agreement was the start of another era for the Islamic Republic. Even if the nuclear agreement is ratified in Iran, we should know that we are facing a complicated issue."
Parchin military base, located near the capital city of Tehran, is where the UN body suspects Iran has conducted nuclear-related tests more than a decade ago. However, Iranian officials have announced on various occasions that Tehran would never allow foreigners to inspect the countries military sites.
Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said on July 14 that the Parchin issue would be resolved within the red lines of the Islamic Republic.
On the other hand, Yukia Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that Iran so far has refused to allow United Nations inspectors to interview key scientists and military officers to investigate allegations that Tehran maintained a covert nuclear-weapons program.
Iran and P5+1 reached a comprehensive nuclear deal on July 14, which paves the way for lifting sanctions on Iran after Congressional approve and verification of the International Atomic Energy Agency.