Iran Dismisses Reports of Cleanup at Parchin Military Complex

Iran has dismissed allegations that it’s cleaning up a key military site before an inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

A report by the Washington D.C.-based Institute for Science and International Security said commercial satellite images show “renewed activity at a site at the Parchin military complex that is linked to past high explosive work on nuclear weapons.” Bloomberg was first to report on the U.S. intelligence community’s concern about the activity in Parchin on Wednesday.

The military site, located 47 kilometers (29 miles) south of Tehran, covers a large area in which construction activities are quite normal, Iran’s mission to the United Nations said in a statement.

“Extensive construction works” have been necessary to repair a damaged road near the site over the past week, the Mission said in a statement. “These works required the use of heavy bulldozers and other heavy construction machinery in the area.”

Iran and six world powers agreed on an accord to limit the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in exchange for the removal of sanctions. As part of that agreement, the IAEA and Iran have to resolve questions related to the country’s nuclear weapons activity.

In the past IAEA has been denied a return visit to the Parchin complex, where investigators claim to have credible evidence that nuclear-related experiments took place. The IAEA has until Oct. 15 to complete any visits to the site before it reports its findings Dec. 15.

Iran has denied any interest in nuclear weapons.

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