A report by the Institute for Science and International Security says a new image of Iran's Parchin military complex 'raises concerns that Iran is attempting to raze the site prior to allowing an IAEA visit.'
Courtesy of ISIS/AP
Updated at 2:19 p.m. on May 31, 2012.
United Nations weapons inspectors yesterday shared satellite images that suggest Iran may be cleaning up evidence of past nuclear weapons-related work, at a suspect military site inspectors have been seeking to visit.
At a closed-door briefing in Vienna, the deputy head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Herman Nackaerts, showed diplomats several satellite images taken over the past half-year of Iran's sprawling Parchin military complex.
The latest image, dated May 25, showed the apparent destruction of two or possibly three small buildings relatively close to the main structure – which had all been intact in earlier images.
“Iran is worried that the agency might find something there. Otherwise it wouldn’t be going through the sanitization process,” a senior Western official told Reuters.
Similar satellite images were later published by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a Washington think tank that tracks nuclear developments, and is used by the IAEA as a conduit for making "restricted" reports public.
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