UN nuclear watchdog appeals to Iran to open up suspicious site
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UN nuclear watchdog appeals to Iran to open up suspicious site

Yukiya Amano says he has no assurance that Tehran's activities are peaceful

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano speaks to the media in May. (photo credit: AP/Ronald Zak)
International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano speaks to the media in May. (photo credit: AP/Ronald Zak)

VIENNA (AP) — The head of the UN nuclear agency says he cannot provide a “credible assurance” for Tehran’s claims that all of its atomic activities are peaceful.

Speaking Thursday at a board meeting of the 35-country International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano also expressed concern over Iran’s “activities” at Parchin, southeast of Tehran.

His experts want to visit the site amid suspicions that it was used for secret tests related to nuclear weapons developments. His language is diplomatic shorthand for an alleged cleanup at the site.

Iran denies any interest in nuclear weapons and says it never tried to develop them. It dismisses concerns that it is enriching uranium for possible use as the core of a warhead, saying it wants only to produce reactor fuel.

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