Iran still denying inspectors access to military research facility

And some people wonder why we don't trust the Iranians to have revealed their entire nuclear program?


Inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog were in Tehran on Thursday for talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program, but there was no sign they would gain access to the Parchin military complex as requested.

The Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) said "no plans were announced yet for inspectors to visit Iran's nuclear facilities or other sites", without giving a source.

Thursday's talks are the first such meeting between the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran since August.

The meeting could give some indication whether Iran - which denies it wants to develop nuclear weapons - is more willing to address international concerns over its nuclear program after U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election last month.

Israel has threatened military action if diplomacy and economic sanctions intended to halt Iran's uranium enrichment program fail to resolve the longstanding dispute.

ISNA said the seven-member IAEA delegation headed by Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts would meet Iranian nuclear officials. There was no word on whether talks had begun a few hours after the inspectors arrived in the Iranian capital.

The visit was not even mentioned by state television's main midday news broadcast.

The IAEA wants an agreement that would enable its inspectors to visit a military complex, Parchin, and other sites that it suspects may be linked to what it has called the "possible military dimensions" to Iran's nuclear program.

The Vienna-based nuclear watchdog believes Iran has conducted explosives tests with possible nuclear applications at Parchin, a sprawling facility southeast of Tehran, and has repeatedly asked for access.

Iran says Parchin is a conventional military site and has dismissed allegations that it has tried to clean up the site before any visit.

Recall that Iran never admitted to operating the hardened enrichment site outside of Qom until we blew the whistle on them. By treaty, they were supposed to tell the IAEA about that site and failed to do so.

The Parchin site is even more problematic. Satellite imagery has shown a massive clean up effort over the past few months to ready the site for inspection. Obviously, they haven't removed all traces of their nuclear research yet which is why they are still denying access.

Where are they moving the resarch? Perhaps to another, still unknown site? Unless you believe that Iran has a right to nuclear weapons - and many on the left think so - this has got to worry those who believe it would be catastrophe if Iran were to have the capability to build a bomb.