More cleanup activity alleged at suspected Iranian nuclear site
GeoEye image from June 7 of questionable activity at Parchin military complex in Iran
June 20th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

More cleanup activity alleged at suspected Iranian nuclear site

By Pam Benson

Recent satellite imagery shows Iran continues to clean up areas of a controversial military site believed to be involved in its nuclear program, according to analysis of the images by a Washington-based think tank.

The Institute for Science and International Study obtained imagery from GeoEye taken on June 7 that shows heavy machinery tracks and earth displacement consistent with a cleanup effort at the Parchin Military Complex, according to the institute's analysis.

GeoEye is a commercial satellite imaging company.


The International Atomic Energy Agency has been seeking access to the site, where it suspects Iran may have conducted high-explosives tests related to the development of nuclear weapons. Two days of talks in Moscow this week between Iran and international powers ended with no agreement on stemming Iran's nuclear program.

In its latest report, Institute for Science and International Study also said the new imagery shows "a notable flow of water" near an unidentified object next to the suspected explosive test building.

"The water flows into areas that have considerable activity due to heavy machinery traffic or earth removal, activities which appear likely to persist," stated the report, written by David Albright and Robert Avagyan.

The institute has been keeping tabs on activity at the site for some time and has periodically released reports analyzing the most recent satellite photos. Previous imagery showed buildings that have since been destroyed, roads that have now disappeared and other activity that the institute says indicates a cleanup effort by the Iranians.

The institute pointed out that IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, during a June 4 news conference, made reference to the various suspect activities at Parchin captured in satellite photos.

"This recent imagery taken a few days after the statements shows the activities mentioned by the director general and confirms that the IAEA should be concerned that Iran is attempting to cleanse the site prior to allowing an IAEA visit," the report stated.

The IAEA has continued to press Iran for immediate access to the Parchin site, but Iran has refused.

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    July 28, 2012 at 2:49 am | Reply
  3. jim

    I do agree with some of the statements about Israel, but that does not justiy the Iranian lies about their nuclear site. There are a lot better images of the clean up to prove this is in fact happening. Why lie when all it does is make you look guilty and up to no good. Iran has the same right as other countries, but this make's them look very shady. That's the resaon they are in this mess to begin with.

    June 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
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    June 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  5. Everett Wallace

    told you iranians jump in and scrub your bodies, by the way I liked the message you sent in stone way to let us know what's here, we are ready are you. I do believe russia wants to put yall to the test first in syria, I bet 1 penny you can't beat russia.

    June 21, 2012 at 7:35 am | Reply
  6. mark

    cleanliness is next to godliness 🙂

    June 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
    • Everett Wallace

      is that the inside of the body or the outside of the body, we would like to know.

      June 21, 2012 at 7:36 am | Reply
  7. citizenmn

    Ignore the anti semitic trolls. Evidence is again showing the Islamic regime is developing nuclear weapons and then trying to cover it up.

    June 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
    • Reckless

      You sir, are a moron. Shut your gob, if you van pull the kock out for long enough

      June 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  8. Sodomite

    More bs alleged by CNN.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  9. hypocrite

    So, Israel, the country who developed illegal nukes from stolen plans..

    Then gave them to South Africa while it was a US designated sponsor of terror...

    Then refuses to sign the NPT, although Iran HAS signed it...

    THEN it complains about a country, who has never invaded anybody, having only the primordial ingredients for a fission reaction?

    Israel, the country in violation of more UN mandates and resolutions, than any other country...we hate you..

    June 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  10. jusy say no

    More AIPAC sponsored propaganda.

    What cowards.

    Fight your own wars Israel...

    June 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • Thor

      They can't. They are an evil, war mongering nation, bent on destruction...

      June 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • Reckless

      Israel would rather America bleed...

      June 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  11. Thor

    Israel paying CNN to re run this blatant propaganda piece??

    We won't bleed for Israel. So stop.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • Reckless

      I agree, this is exactly what is taking place.

      Unacceptable. CNN needs to be charged with crimes against humanity, for the enormous charade they prop up.

      June 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • hypocrite

      CNN is an Israeli mouthpiece without equal...

      The American people should do something about it...

      June 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
      • Thor

        Indeed they should.

        The time is ripe for an American rejection of the social, financial, and political corruption pushed on us by AIPAC and other Israeli assets.

        Violently, if they won't go peacefully...

        June 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • Reckless

        I don't know, any given president is also a damn good Israeli mouthpiece..


        June 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • Mark Kerpin

      It's been reported on an every major news source and has nothing to do with CNN.

      June 21, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
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        June 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm |

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