Iran denies inspectors access to suspected nuclear facility

2004 satellite image of the military complex at Parchin, Iran

Iran’s atomic energy organization on Saturday denied international inspectors access to the suspected nuclear facility at Parchin, saying the IAEA was not legally entitled to visit the military complex outside the Iranian capital of Iran.

“Legally, they are not entitled to visit Parchin since we have not accepted and are not exercising the Additional Protocol (to the NPT),” the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran’s Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency saying.

Iran has stated that it has no obligation to grant the IAEA access to the site, arguing that Parchin’s designation as a military site puts it off-limits to inspections and is not included in the deal reached with world powers last year.

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That was a great deal they reached…for Iran.