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article imageIran remains defiant as IAEA report deadline approaches

By Greta McClain     Aug 28, 2012 in World
Tehran - As the IAEA plans to release its report on Iran's nuclear program, Iran has refused to allow IAEA inspectors access to Parchin military base, a location of suspected nuclear weapon testing.
Reuters reports that despite Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh hinting yesterday that diplomats may be able to visit Parchin military base, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast seemed to dismiss the idea when he said "We have no specific plans for a visit to Iran's nuclear installations by foreign guests participating in the summit of NAM member countries."
Ramin Mehmanparast
Ramin Mehmanparast
The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) suspects Iran has used Parchin to conduct explosive test in the development of nuclear weapons, according to Reuters.
The IAEA issued a statement on Friday regarding negotiations with Iran for inspections. The statement says:
"As announced by the Director General earlier this week, we met today to continue our discussions with Iran on the clarification of concerns regarding Iran's nuclear programme, focusing on its possible military dimensions.
"As in our last meeting in June, we intended to finalise the structured approach paper that has been under consideration for many months. Today the Agency team came with a constructive spirit and hoped that the few remaining differences in the text could be resolved.
"The discussions today were intensive, but important differences remain between Iran and the Agency that prevented agreement on this structured approach paper.
"The team will now inform the Director General, and in a few days he will present his report to the Board of Governors.
"At the moment we have no plans for a follow-up meeting."
An AFP report quotes Ali Asghar Soltanieh, the Iranian envoy to the IAEA, as saying
"Our enrichment activities will never stop and we are justified in carrying them out, and we will continue to do so under IAEA supervision," Ali Asghar Soltanieh told reporters.
"We will not give up our inalienable right to enrichment."
According to AFP, the United States, its Western allies, and Israel all believe Iran intends to develop nuclear weapon "break-out" capability, an allegation that Iran flatly denies saying any nuclear development is strictly for civilian use.
Iran is already under UN sanctions for its nuclear program and it is unclear at this time if this weeks IAEA report will prompt additional sanctions.
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