WASHINGTON – Iran is imposing new conditions on the international nuclear watchdog agency whose inspectors want to visit the Parchin nuclear facility, where access already has been denied twice, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Iran says it wants a “structured document” that will outline what the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, wants to see at the Parchin military site where some nuclear activity – the West thinks it’s construction of nuclear weapons – may be occurring.
This development comes as a recent IAEA report, following an inspection, said that sanctions the West has imposed actually have accelerated Iran’s nuclear enrichment efforts.
The Iranians say that they have a right under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, and as a member of the IAEA, to engage in nuclear enrichment for civilian purposes.
Iran is known to have enriched uranium up to 20 percent which is what is needed for medical research. Iran’s nuclear reactors only require 5 percent enrichment.
The Israelis, however, are concerned over the amount of enriched uranium that has been processed should Iran achieve a technological breakthrough for higher levels of enrichment. The concern is that such a supply would be available to make an estimated eight nuclear weapons should Iran achieve that breakthrough to enrich 90 percent or better.
Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said that despite the request for a structured document, Iran has been cooperating with the IAEA. Other Iranian spokesmen have described as “baseless” IAEA claims that there has been an effort to sanitize Parchin of any evidence of explosive tests that would indicate efforts to design nuclear weapons.
Iran and the IAEA last met on Aug. 24 and are involved in discussions to set another date for additional talks.
To the Israelis, however, this is part of a ploy by the Iranians to buy more time to work on an alleged nuclear weapons program. The Israeli leadership has concluded that sanctions aren’t working and that diplomacy has run its course and failed.
Such a conclusion comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested to meet with President Barack Obama on an impending visit to the United Nations, but a National Security Council spokesman rejected that request, saying that the president will have a conflict in his schedule.
It appears Obama will be campaigning.
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