Parchin base

Iran denies reports of demolitions in base

Iran's defense minister says allegations that Iran erased evidence of nuclear testing at Parchin base are 'irrelevant and unwise'

Iran has denied claims by the UN's nuclear watchdog that it demolished buildings at a military base that the agency suspects was involved in nuclear testing.


The Monday report by state-owned news website quotes Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi as saying allegations that Iran was trying to erase evidence at the Parchin military base are "irrelevant and unwise."


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The International Atomic Energy Agency showed satellite images last month to board member nations that indicated a cleanup of the site, saying the photos depicted water streaming out of one building, the razing of several other buildings and removal of earth at the facility.


The activities in the site at southeast of Tehran are a recent IAEA concern.


The West suspects Iran is pursuing a weapon program, a charge Iran denies.


Robert Wood, acting head of the US mission to the IAEA, told the 35-nation board last week that Iran had produced enough low-enriched uranium for several nuclear weapons if refined further to high levels.


"Iran has actually accelerated its production of low-enriched uranium," Wood said, according to a copy of his statement. "There appears no immediate peaceful need for such stockpiles or for such an acceleration of the program, and we would note that this quantity of low-enriched uranium is enough for several nuclear weapons if further enriched to higher levels."




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