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Iran May Allow IAEA to Visit Base If Threats Against Country End

December 27, 2012

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said it would open its Parchin military base to the United Nations’ atomic agency if there is an end to threats against the Persian Gulf nation.

The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency has identified its top goal in Iran as being a visit to Parchin, a sprawling military base about 30 kilometers (19 miles) southeast of Tehran. The IAEA says it was given intelligence information showing Iran may have constructed a blast chamber for testing nuclear-weapons components at the site.

“If external threats are cooled off, the possibility will be given to visit the Parchin site,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi, according to Iran Diplomacy, a website run by former Iranian diplomats. Qashqavi didn’t elaborate on conditions for allowing the visit or give details on the threats the country faced.

Iran says the evidence given to the IAEA by unnamed countries was forged, that it hasn’t worked on developing an atomic weapon and its nuclear activities are aimed at securing energy and for medical research.

While IAEA officials routinely inspect Iran’s declared nuclear facilities, such as enrichment plants at Natanz and Fordo, existing treaty arrangements don’t compel the country to open up peripheral facilities.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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