Continued clean-up seen at Iranian military site tied to nuclear program
DigitalGlobe satellite images from September 19 (L) and November 7 (R) of Parchin Military Complex in Iran
November 29th, 2012
04:47 PM ET

Continued clean-up seen at Iranian military site tied to nuclear program

By Pam Benson

Recent satellite photos show continued activity at a controversial Iranian military site that international weapons inspectors have repeatedly been denied access to, according to a Washington-based think tank.

The Institute for Science and International Study obtained imagery from DigitalGlobe taken on November 7 that the institute says shows changes in the roofs on two key buildings at the Parchin Military Complex. ISIS also pointed out there is a new addition on the building suspected of containing a high-explosives chamber and piles of dirt not seen in an image taken on September 19.

ISIS said the imagery indicates additional changes will be made to the site, making it more difficult for the international inspectors.

"The considerable amount of new materials, equipment, and rows of earth piles suggest that further construction will be taking place, thus increasing the level of alteration and further degrading the chance of obtaining reliable environmental samples if and when (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspectors gain access to the site," ISIS stated.

Since January, the IAEA has been seeking access to the site, where it suspects Iran may have conducted high-explosives tests related to the development of nuclear weapons. Iran denies that Parchin has any role in its nuclear program.

The latest IAEA report on Iran released earlier this month said the "extensive activities" at the Parchin site are certain to have "seriously undermined" the agency's verification process.

Those activities include "significant ground scraping and landscaping" with new dirt roads.

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  1. gman tello

    please support our troops

    November 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  2. Jannani

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people. ha ha ha
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    November 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Well put, Jannani. You said it all!

      November 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Your pathetic ignorance or outright lies are obvious.

      1. Iran started the conflict by using their surrogates to assasinate Iraqi leaders. Lord knows Hussein and company were awful but we do know the Iranians weren't any better when they used their air force against protestors and demonstrators!

      Despite the Iraqi government's concern (about the Iranian revolution), the eruption of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran did not immediately destroy the Iraqi-Iranian rapprochement that had prevailed since the 1975 Algiers Agreement. As a sign of Iraq's desire to maintain good relations with the new government in Tehran, President Bakr sent a personal message to Khomeini offering "his best wishes for the friendly Iranian people on the occasion of the establishment of the Islamic Republic." In addition, as late as the end of August 1979, Iraqi authorities extended an invitation to Mehdi Bazargan, the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to visit Iraq with the aim of improving bilateral relations. The fall of the moderate Bazargan government in late 1979, however, and the rise of Islamic militants preaching an expansionist foreign policy soured Iraqi-Iranian relations.

      The principal events that touched off the rapid deterioration in relations occurred during the spring of 1980. In April the Iranian-supported Ad Dawah attempted to assassinate Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz. Shortly after the failed grenade attack on Tariq Aziz, Ad Dawah was suspected of attempting to assassinate another Iraqi leader, Minister of Culture and Information Latif Nayyif Jasim. In response, the Iraqis immediately rounded up members and supporters of Ad Dawah and deported to Iran thousands of Shias of Iranian origin. In the summer of 1980, Saddam Hussein ordered the executions of presumed Ad Dawah leader Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Baqr as Sadr and his sister.

      2. There were not 1 million Iraqis killed from the US invasion. Most of the death and destruction during those years was from Iraqis fighting amongst themselves and the US-led coalition by way of car-bombing THEIR OWN PEOPLE!

      3. Your stupid and lying claim about the US being the only ones who have shot down an airliner is easily shown to be the stupid lie that it is. Even Wiki lists the airliners shot down you foolish propagandist!

      The Vincences shooting down of the Iranian airliner was an idiotic mistake and we admitted to it and paid the victims families. Tragic and needing never to be repeated yes but your claim is an obviously stupid lie.

      As we can see from this list of cowards blowing up innocent passengers on airliners, Arabs are no better than the rest of the world.

      America has many sins in it's past (including the 1950's deposing of the democratically-elected leader), the US is not the root of all terror as you claimed. You are nothing but a cheesy, useless and ignorant liar.

      November 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  3. gman tello

    please support our troops

    November 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  4. George Patton

    Is there really anything to this or are the right-wing thugs in Washington using this for just another excuse for another useless and unnecessary war? We can always negotiate with Iran but try telling that to those warmongering idiots in Washington!!!

    November 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Right-wing thugs?


      Goodness, some of you are so ignorant and it may be from the tin foil hats you're wearing.

      November 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  5. Millennium

    What are you saying?cleaning radioactive area?how ridiculous .it takes hundred years for nature to clean radioactive parts.there is no human technology that can clean radioactive traces.just preparing for another war ha?please if you are preparing for another war just say it and don't think we believe your ridiculous stories.

    November 30, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
  6. weakness is the policy

    No matter what , the policy of the past will be the policy of the future { DO NOTHING } ! very weak , very destructive , very unstable , very troubling , very real , VERY SIMILAR TO CHAMBERLAIN WITH HITLER .

    November 30, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
  7. The Guilty Party

    Ten years ago it was "Iraq this" and "Iraq that" and "Iraq has nuclear weapons" and the criminals in DC wouldn't quit until they killed thousands upon thousands of Iraqis and got their banking system and oil companies installed. Today it's "Iran this" and "Iran that" and "Iran almost has a nuclear weapon" and again the criminals in DC will do anything to get control of Iran and its banking system and oil fields. Rich American politicians make millions and millions of dollars from these scams. Peace doesn't make money, war makes money.

    November 30, 2012 at 4:53 am | Reply
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  9. Rick Buggy's Rants & Ravings

    Israel should level it and anything similar. There's nothing the Iranians do that can be trusted. The law of the old west is to "shoot first and ask questions later!" The Saudi's will be happy they did! If they're happy, the Obama Administration will tolerate it.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply

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