March 7th, 2012
06:26 PM ET

More evidence of clean up at Iran military site

By Elise Labott

Two western diplomats tell CNN that satellite images reviewed by the International Atomic Energy Agency show trucks and earth-moving vehicles at the Iranian military site from which international inspectors have been denied access to. The description provides further clarity to IAEA concerns, first reported by CNN's Matthew Chance last week, that the Iranians were trying to clean up the Parchin facility.

But the sources say while the imagery does show clean up activity, it's not clear what the Iranians might be cleaning up.

The Iranians said this week said they would relent and allow IAEA inspectors in but it comes amidst what diplomatic sources tell CNN is evidence Iran is "undoubtedly" trying to clean up any evidence before allowing the inspection.

The IAEA suspects that research on triggers for nuclear weapons is being carried out at the site. It a recent report the agency said experiments with a nuclear detonation system had been conducted inside a large metal container at Parchin.

The head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency told CNN's Matthew Chance on Wednesday that Iran could have facilities that it has not declared to inspectors "and we have the indication or information that Iran has engaged in activities relevant to the development of nuclear explosive devices."

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  1. serate a napoli

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    October 2, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
  2. anti_zionist


    YOUR TAX DOLLARS!!!!!!!!


    March 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • mipolitic

      you left something out so i am happy to help, obama will be thanking bibi for taking the token of american support along with new fighters , f 35 to be exact.

      perhaps the usa should raise it to 7 billion . have a nice day , by the way how is the view from where you are ?

      March 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  3. michaelfury

    March 8, 2012 at 7:28 am | Reply
  4. mipolitic

    if iran were to show the world what we all think iran is doing , obama still would not do anything . obama is only focused on re-election.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:16 am | Reply
    • Back Atcha

      And what would have have Obama do ?
      Put on his superman costume, and fly in and beat up the bad guys.
      People like you are real morons.
      Dont worry about running for re-election.
      There is nobody to beat him.
      Crawl back into your hole.

      March 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • anti_zionist

      zionist sympathizers like yourself, are going to find life getting harder...

      And more dangerous

      March 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
      • mipolitic

        so dud i was commenting on obama's refusal to act , and i did not say anything more , however you said a lot in your comment including your threat !

        March 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  5. bl4ck0utsUn

    Israel said it could take care of it's self! Let them! Put Rothschilds money to good use! Financing it's own war! If Iran had the bomb, I'm sure they would have proudly announced it! Now that they are selling oil in rupies, they are stalling for time! Don't wait too long or Israel is going to be a mushroom cloud! And yes I agree the media last I heard CNN was owned by Rothschild, manipulates us, or US, with pethetic lies so transparent only the people interested in entertainment and the Simsons are fooled!

    March 7, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  6. Sanchanim

    Of course they are cleaning up! They are moving the test equipment and trying to erase any trace of the explosives. They will continue to stall until they can let them in and say see nothing here. Bomb their sites now and get it done!

    March 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
    • anti_zionist

      go fukk a goat.

      Shouldn't be hard for a sheep like yourself...

      March 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  7. SirMetropolis

    For analysis and insight into the conflict between Iran and the West check out feedback and comments are welcome.

    March 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  8. mark

    my father was running guns into south vietnam while we were fighting the korean war it was a smoke screen to the start of the vietnam war everything our government does is calculated to make us believe one thing while something else is being done, and its always at the expense of american blood a great man once said at peace sons bury there fathers but at war fathers bury there sons lets hope someone sees whats really going on and stops it.

    March 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  9. RasPutin

    Sort of like the spy photos that "proved" that Saddam was still developing WMDs?

    March 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
    • Cathy

      So you think that Saddam was a great guy? You don't think that he himself was a WMD? I'm sorry that you supported him, maybe you could move over there to help his kin.......

      March 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Reply
      • Sanchanim

        The MOSSAD and others told the US that Sadam had moved his WMD's into Syria about six months before we invaded. Fact of the matter is there was nothing there when they arrived because it took took long to get everyone behind the move. He was evil and deserved what he got!

        March 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
      • anti_zionist

        Ya, believe the JEWS!!!

        honest folk....

        Wouldnt ever lie to save their filthy, bloody skin.....

        March 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  10. Kevin

    I'll post it's that good!!

    Remember when we accused that Hitler guy in Germany of wanting to conquer the world? Remember when someone thought the Japanese might attack? Let's sit around again and let Ahmadinejad get prepared. We are so stupid!! We stay to help the afghanistani people that hate us and do nothing to the Hitler of today.........

    March 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  11. John

    Remember when they thought that Hitler guy over in Germany was going to try to conquer the world? Remember when they thought the Japanese might attach? Well let's NOT listen to them, let's sit back and leave ahmadinejad alone.....He can't be that bad, right?

    March 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • anti_zionist

      Remember when Americans weren't scared little bitches, and didn't spend our blood on foreign wars?

      Keep your zionist head down.

      March 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  12. Judi

    Remember when we accused that Hitler guy in Germany of wanting to conquer the world? Remember when someone thought the Japanese might attack? Let's sit around again and let Ahmadinejad get prepared. We are so stupid!! We stay to help the afghanistani people that hate us and do nothing to the Hitler of today.........

    March 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • Arcsin

      Ah, so they're Nazis now. We wouldn't want to allow another holocaust.

      Because we all know there's no gray area between Nazi Germany prior to WW2 and our current situation.

      Evidence schmevidence, amirite?

      March 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
      • Kevin

        Nobody said today's Germany you idiot!!! You have to look around and open your eyes that's all. Just like our public school system, where else can you find sex, murder, drugs, violence? Thank you least they are not praying, right?????

        March 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
      • Back Atcha

        Funny how its the Republicans that keep cutting funding for education.
        You are proof.


        Nobody said today's Germany you idiot!!! You have to look around and open your eyes that's all. Just like our public school system, where else can you find sex, murder, drugs, violence? Thank you least they are not praying, right?????

        March 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  13. bribarian

    Time for lsrael to sign NPT?

    March 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
    • Sanchanim

      Oh hell no! The US knows what they have roughly and that is good enough. the fact that none of the rest of the middle east knows keeps the wack jobs in line.

      March 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  14. why

    Sounds a lot like the lead up to Iraq war. Let's hope we get it right this time with Iran ! Let's not listen to UN anymore, they failed us last time, their inspections are a joke. We must have spies on the ground in Iran.

    March 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  15. truthseeker

    Why IAEA doesn't inspect isreal nuclear sites, Oh, sorry I forgot they are the chosen people.

    March 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • Back Atcha

      They dont have to.
      Israel has not signed NPT.
      Maybe you should spend less time on your playstation
      and find out how the world works.
      There is nothing wrong or illegal about Israel having nukes.
      And to top it off, they never threated anybody with them.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  16. Erky

    Poor dumb people. You all ought to know that when the war drums start to beat, you can't trust a single word coming out of the corporate media. Remember before the 1st Gulf war, the Kuwaiti nurse that testified about Saddam Hussein's troops taking out babies from incubators and leaving them to die – that turned out to be a lie, but the story served its purpose. Before the 2nd Gulf war, remember all the stories about Iraq buying yellow cake – same thing.
    And now, the media are at it again. As a dumb person once said quite wisely "Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me a second time – ya can't get fooled again"

    March 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  17. tony

    Netanyobbo came over three times to give Bush his orders to invade Iraq for him. Now he's on his second trip to tell Obama to bomb Iran. I wonder if one day we can have the USA run by actual Americans . . .

    March 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
    • YouBetcha

      Oh grow up. Netanyahu came over to discuss ISRAEL attackIng Iran. They never lost a war yet.

      Face it, you've won NOTHING since WW2.[And that was with Britain, Canada, NZ, Australia and RUSSIA.

      Since then you've failed in Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and you've unsettlied the whole Middle East. Do us all a favour PLEASE don't touch Iran – USA is the kiss of death on any armed conflict!

      March 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
      • midwest

        "YouBetcha" – How has the US "lost every war since WWII"? Let me see here, 1st Iraqi conflict the US goal was to push the Iraqi military out of Kuwait....CHECK! The 2nd Iraqi conflict the US goal was to remove Saddam's regime from power and stop all WMD projects.........CHECK! In Afghanistan the US mission was to remove the Taliban from power and restore a democratic society........CHECK! Sure the US military may not do the best job of rebuilding and policing but that is not their resposibility. Face it, the US military has not been defeated at all since WWII. The politicians may have got in the way and force us out of Vietnam and Korea but if you honestly believe the full might of the US military could not handle the North Vietnamese army, or the North Korean army, you are extremely dillusional. The US toppled the 4th largest military in the world (Iraq) without a blink of an eye and without the full force. Wake up!

        March 8, 2012 at 10:55 am |
      • Back Atcha

        You should change your handle.
        Naming yourself after an imbicile,
        people are going to think you are just as stupid.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • michaelfury

      March 8, 2012 at 7:30 am | Reply
  18. Lisa

    Do we really want to start another senseless war over unconfirmed information? Even if we could afford to do so, are we willing to risk civilian casualties on the level of the "Iraqi Freedom" operation? Send more young people to war on a vague premise? This is a picture that means nothing. Beware warmongers who stand to profit from others' misery.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • tony

      But our weapons manufacturers stand to make trillions $$$ more. Isn't that what "freedom" is for?

      March 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • Sanchanim

      I can honestly say that Israel will act on it's own before the US does. they might come along in some manner to help Israel but more than likely the US and everyone else will be left to pick up the pieces. Israel does not act on miss information. The US might be trying to garner support if they decide to assist, but it is not going to be off of miss information.

      March 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
      • Back Atcha

        *** I can honestly say that Israel will act on it's own before the US does.....

        It was nice of Netanyahu to take you into his confidence.
        How special you must be.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • YouBetcha

      Good point Lisa – Old men and Politicians start wars, then sit them out somewhere safe, and leave YOUNG men and women to die in them.

      March 8, 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply
    • michaelfury

      March 8, 2012 at 7:33 am | Reply
  19. Richard

    Iran is bound by the NPT to not build nuclear weapons, and is also bound to allow IAEA inspectors to verify that it isn't. Iran has denied IAEA inspectors access to a site that the IAEA believes Iran is using to research nuclear weapons. Iran is also ostensibly destroying evidence.

    These are serious treaty violations, and that treaty is there for a very serious reason. This type of activity by Iran, along with other treaty violations in the past, have caused me to conclude that Iran cannot be trusted with the nuclear fuel cycle.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • tony

      And by the same treaty, we "were" bound to let them develop all the peaceful nuclear industry they wanted without our interference – but we ain't!!!

      March 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
      • Richard

        I don't understand what interference you are referring to.

        March 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
      • Back Atcha

        So lets just sit around and wait.
        And after they get a nuke and use it, then what do we do ?
        Say, oops, sorry ?

        Damn glad you are not in charge.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • YouBetcha

      Very good point! Well said.

      March 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  20. hallmark1

    Hey Barack: If Iran looks like a duck, walks like a duck and smells like a duck... what exactly don't you get? (14 cartoons)

    As the evidence that Iran is close to a nuclear weapon mounts, President Obama continues to insist that sanctions and diplomacy will work to stop them. By the time he figures out the truth the world will hopefully not be facing a mushroom cloud! (Article includes 14 cartoons)

    Read the article and cartoons at The Political Commentator here:

    March 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • YouBetcha

      He\s another Chamberlain. An Appeaser. Talk about Nero fiddled while Rome burnt !!!!!!!!!

      March 8, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply
      • Back Atcha

        Please explain what you think Obama should do ?

        Attack Iran, killing how many Iranians only to find out they dont have one ?
        Attack Iran and have Russia or China strike back ?
        Pizz off millions of Muslims and start WW3 ?
        All the while destroying the worlds economy ?

        Come on Tuff guy, you have all the answers.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  21. Jackola

    It is obvious – and a 10 year old would tell you – that Iran is trying to develop a nuclear device. Why elsewould they endure all this hardship from the sanctions by the West? Everybody knows that if they wanted nukes for energy and/or medicine. nobody would deny them that, but the fact that they will not open up their facilities for inspection tells you that they are trying to make a bomb. All this "speculation" is ridiculous.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  22. Hadenuffyet

    I guess we'll know when our AZZ in on fire.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  23. Arcsin

    I'm seriously not hallucinating and this is the exact type of photo and article that we justified the Iraq invasion with in the weeks leading up to that, right?

    There was even this same thing with the trucks that "who knows what they're cleaning up" or whatever.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • tony

      You got it. And Cheney published a CIA satellite photo of"Iraq troop movements near the border" that turned out be his deliberate fake.

      March 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • Arcsin

      Yeah, here is one of the ones I remember seeing.

      March 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Texan

      Why does the button say "Publicar" at the bottom? WTF??

      March 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
      • Back Atcha

        Just to pizz off you yanks.

        March 8, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  24. Hack

    Lots of heavy equipment and trucks at all the illigal settlements, the settlers must be making a bomb to.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • tony

      The various time conquerors of Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and the Egytian Siniai already have their "oh but we are so good" nuclear bombs.

      March 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  25. Brain Cell #5

    They have equipment there but you have no idea what it was used for but "undoubtedly" they are cleaning up evidence?

    Your propaganda has become incredibly pathetic. Really, though.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  26. Sal

    Poorly written/edited article.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • Bruce

      I think that it's not poorly written. It is just stating some concerns that the IAEA has. Quite frankly, I prefer articles where the author says what they know and they leave the commentary out. It's quite refreshing.

      March 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply

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