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TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Representative Office at the International Atomic Energy Agency announced on Tuesday that the country will be ready to provide the UN nuclear agency with one-time access to its Parchin military test facility once modalities of Iran-IAEA cooperation have been agreed on, reminding that the facility is a highly sensitive military site already visited by inspectors twice.
But, explicit statements later made on the issue by the Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA and the language of the new IAEA report indicate that Iran did not reject an IAEA visit to the base per se but was only refusing access as long as no agreement had been reached with the IAEA governing the modalities of cooperation.
Based on the history of Iranian negotiations with the IAEA and its agreement to allow two separate IAEA visits to Parchin in 2005, the Parchin access issue is a bargaining chip that Iran is using to get the IAEA to moderate its demands on Iran in forging an agreement on how to resolve the years-long IAEA investigation into Iran's nuclear issue.
In the Russia Today interview on February 27, which was completely ignored by the western news media, Soltaniyeh referred to two IAEA inspection visits to Parchin in January and November 2005 and said Iran needs to have "assurances" that it would not "repeat the same bitter experience, when they just come and ask for the access." There should be a "modality" and a "frame of reference, of what exactly they are looking for, they have to provide the documents and specify exactly where they want (to go)," he said.
But Soltaniyeh also indicated that such an inspection visit is conditional on agreement about the broader framework for cooperation on clearing up suspicions of a past nuclear weapons program. "In principle we have already accepted that when this text is concluded we will take these steps," Soltaniyeh said.
Originally posted by slanteye
reply to post by TheGreatest
Frankly it is a bloody waste of time to send in the UN team. When they get home they would be debriefed and the US and Israel will still want more answers. Just send in the US and Israeli team and be finished with it. They know what to look for, where to look and the questions to ask. Its humiliating for a sovereign country to have to bow down to other countries demand. Wonder if they'll let others check up on their nuclear arsenals to see how many you've got. Of course...it only works one way.