Spokesman: IAEA to declare result of Parchin samplings in 2 months

TEHRAN (FNA)- Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will declare the results of the samples taken by Iranian experts from the Parchin site near Tehran in the next two months.

“The IAEA has announced that studying these samples might take one or two months; we insisted that studying the samples should finish sooner in a bid to expedite accomplishing the work within the deadline and if the IAEA cooperates the results will be announced in the next four or five weeks,” Kamalvandi, also an AEOI Deputy Chief, said on Tuesday.

He noted that the first step was the IAEA’s endorsement of the fact that the Parchin samples are genuine and comply with its standards and fortunately IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano’s statements show that the Iranian experts have accomplished their job carefully and in accordance with the preciseness needed.

“What might take more time than anything else is studying these samples otherwise we have responded to all other issues and there is practically nothing left to be done; we should wait for Amano to submit his final report to the board of governors and also the board’s final statement,” Kamalvandi said, elaborating on future steps within the framework of Iran-IAEA roadmap of cooperation.

He pointed to Amano’s visit to Parchin region as an attempt to remove the ambiguities without violating Iran’s redlines, and said, “No investigation was made at the site during this visit because the IAEA inspectors usually use tools and equipment which can be troublesome as they could be used for spying purposes.”

Kamalvandi reiterated that Amano did not have any equipment, even a mobile phone, when he visited the site on Sunday.

“Visiting Parchin (by Amano) was useful and it will surely result in the removal of ambiguities after years of (media) hypes through satellite images,” he added.

He reiterated that there are no plans for the IAEA inspectors’ visit to Iran’s military sites or interview with the country’s nuclear experts and scientists.

On Monday, Kamalvandi said that Iranian nuclear experts had taken environmental samples from Parchin without UN inspectors around.

“Iranian experts took samples from specific locations in Parchin facilities this week without IAEA inspectors being present,” Kamalvandi told reporters.

In relevant remarks on Monday, Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi categorically rejected a news report by the Reuters news agency quoting Amano as saying that the sampling at Parchin military site had been done under IAEA experts’ supervision.

“We have not allowed any IAEA inspector into Parchin site to take samples or supervise our sampling; we have taken the samples by ourselves,” Najafi told FNA.

Najafi’s remarks came in reaction to a Reuters report quoting Amano as saying that the sampling in Parchin was done under the supervision of the IAEA.

Najafi reiterated that Iranian experts have taken all the samples themselves, and said, “These are our redlines and no inspector is allowed to enter a military site for inspection.”

The Iranian envoy underlined that the visit by Amano and his deputy was a general visit that was done as a formality, and said, “They did not have any equipment even a mobile phone and their visit (to Parchin) did not last for more than a few minutes.”

He said Amano’s very brief visit to Parchin was only meant to “show him that there was not anything suspicious about the site and that the claims about Parchin are completely false”.

Reuters quoted Amano as saying that “certain IAEA safeguards activities were carried out at the particular location at the Parchin site; these included the taking of environmental samples.”

“The agency can confirm the integrity of the sampling process and the authenticity of the samples, which were taken at places of interest to the agency at the particular location in Parchin,” Amano told reporters, according to Reuters.

“Authentication by the agency of the samples was achieved through use of an established verification process. The process was carried out under our responsibility and monitoring; the samples have been brought back to Vienna for analysis,” he added according to the report.

Also on Monday, a senior Iranian foreign ministry official said that Amano was given a tour of Iran’s Parchin military site to show him that all allegations made about the center are no more than lies.

“Yesterday was an important day in the process of the settlement of Iran’s nuclear issue and thanks God, the fictions made by ill-wishers against our country about Parchin military site were revealed,” Director General for Political Affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry Hamid Baeidinejad wrote on his Instagram page.

Amano visited Tehran on September 20, and met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Vice-President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. He also met with members of the Iranian Parliament.

By Fars News Agency