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17:11 | 2012-09-02


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Senior MP: No N. Activity Underway in Parchin Military Site

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator blasted the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which has called for Iran's permission to visit the Parchin military site again, and said no nuclear activities have been carried out in the military site.

"One of the paragraphs of the report pertains to the issue of visiting the Parchin site again," member of the parliament's Energy Commission Jalil Jafari told FNA on Sunday, adding, "The remarkable point here is that no nuclear activities have been made in Parchin as it is just a military site."

He rapped the IAEA for asking Iran to issue a permission to revisit the site, and said, "No paragraph of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) allows the Agency's inspectors to visit military centers."

In relevant remarks in May, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoun Abbasi announced that the IAEA could not convince Tehran to allow the agency's inspectors to visit the Parchin military site.

Abbasi said that Iran has not been convinced and "no documents or reason has been presented to us" to persuade us to arrange a visit to Parchin military site.

"The agency is interested in visiting Parchin due to pressure from countries that want the agency to investigate the issue," he added.

Also in April, Iran's Envoy to the IAEA Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh underlined Tehran's continued and maximum cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog agency, but said this did not mean that Iran would allow foreign parties to have easy and everyday access to its military sites.

Speaking in an interview with Fox News television channel, Soltaniyeh noted the Iran-IAEA "politicized" debate about access to the Parchin site, and stressed that while Tehran is willing to cooperate with the IAEA on its nuclear program and allows certain visits to its military sites, it will not accede to demands to visit its military facilities every day.

"We cannot permit each time any country wants to knock at the door and wants to go to our military sites," he said.

Early March, Iran's Representative Office at the IAEA and Soltaniyeh himself announced that Tehran would be ready to provide the UN nuclear agency with one-time access to its Parchin military test facility once modalities of Iran-IAEA cooperation have been agreed on, reminding that the facility is a highly sensitive military site already visited by inspectors twice in January and November 2005.