Skooter reporting 10/19/12
The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) released a new satellite imagery showing some modifications at a military site which is of great interest to the UN nuclear watchdog IAEA.
The IAEA, believes that Iran conducted explosives tests at the Parchin site back in the early part of the decade, tests consistent with the building of a nuclear weapon. Iran repudiates that its nuclear program has a military aspect, but it will not allow inspectors into Parchin.
In August, a satellite photo was released by ISIS, shows the structure where the explosives tests were said to have carried out was covered by a tarpaulin. In a September photo, released currently, the tarpaulin is gone. The photograph is not considered as proof of an explosives test, but it is dubious, given the IAEA has been requesting to enter Parchin, and Iran will not allow its inspectors in.
The ISIS says that the activity at Parchin has been going on for months. It is hard to establish the scope and nature of the ongoing activity. Modification to this site fundamentally have to be seen as clean-up operations with the objective to break down or eliminate the IAEA’s ability to examine the site.
Given that the test was carried out so long ago, David Albright, head of ISIS, says, the Iranians would have had lots of time to sanitize the site, making the recent spell of activity all the more curious.