Iran dismisses allegations of ‘clean-up activities’ in Parchin

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s permanent mission to the United Nations denied recent allegations raised by some US media outlets about suspected activity in a military site near Tehran.

In a statement, it described the allegations as ludicrous and similar to the previous “repetitious and worn-out claims”.

American media on Wednesday cited unnamed intelligence sources as saying that satellite imagery picked up by the US government assets in mid- and late July showed that Iran had moved bulldozers and other heavy machinery to the Parchin site and that the US intelligence community “concluded with high confidence that the Iranian government was working to clean up the site ahead of planned inspections by the IAEA”.

The Iranian UN mission rejected the claim, saying that the Parchin military site is a vast area including different military, industrial, administrative and residential sections and that construction activities in Parchin are quite normal.

It added that in the past week, some work was carried out to repair a damaged road near Parchin that involved using heavy road construction machinery but it had nothing to do with the military site.

The statement further underlined that Iran, based on religious tenets and its security doctrines, has never been after military nuclear activities and has never done any “unconventional activity” to have to hastily clean it up now.

The Iranian UN mission went on to say that such allegations are aimed at ruining the positive international atmosphere created following the conclusion of the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14 successfully concluded their nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria, and finalized the text of a comprehensive nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The United Nations Security Council later adopted a resolution endorsing the agreement.

By Tasnim News Agency