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Iran denies reports of demolitions at suspected nuclear site

The International Atomic Energy Agency says it has satellite photos showing razing of buildings, signs of cleanup at Parchin military base

Satellite image of the Parchin facility, April 2012 (AP/Institute for Science and International Security)
Satellite image of the Parchin facility, April 2012 (AP/Institute for Science and International Security)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has denied claims by the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog that it demolished buildings at a military base that the agency suspects was involved in nuclear testing.

The Monday report by state-owned YJC.ir news website quotes Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi as saying allegations that Iran was trying to erase evidence at the Parchin military base are “irrelevant and unwise.”

The International Atomic Energy Agency showed satellite images last month to board member nations that indicated a cleanup of the site, saying the photos depicted water streaming out of one building, the razing of several other buildings and removal of earth at the facility.

The activities in the site at southeast of Tehran are a recent IAEA concern.

The West suspects Iran is pursuing a weapon program, a charge Iran denies.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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