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Daily Israel Report

Key Omission: Parchin not Mentioned in Iran Deal

The new Iranian nuclear deal does not mention Parchin, the much contested site suspected of being used to develop nuclear weapons.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 11/25/2013, 1:01 PM

Illustration: Iranian nuclear plant
Illustration: Iranian nuclear plant
AFP photo

A perusal of the text of the Iranian nuclear deal sealed Sunday reveals that the Parchin military base, suspected of being used to develop a nuclear weapon, does not appear in the agreement at all.

As the Wall Street Journal notes, Iran didn't ratify an additional protocol to its International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreement allowing on-demand inspections at Parchin and other sites. Furthermore, it is noted that Iran could send out UN inspectors at any time like North Korea did in 2009.

Walla similarly comments that the Iran deal did not address the Parchin issue at all.

It is suspected that nuclear weapons research is being conducted at the Parchin site, particularly as satellite imagery from August provided evidence of ongoing construction and testing being carried out in secret at the base.

The satellite evidence showed major alterations at the site which the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) says were meant to hide possible tests of conventional triggers for a nuclear explosion.

The evidence followed satellite images from August 2012 showing cleanup activities at the base, as well as images showing suspicious activities at a building suspected of housing nuclear blast experiments.

Furthermore, the IAEA has not been allowed in to inspect Parchin since 2005 despite calls by Yukiyo Amano, head of IAEA, to allow inspections.

The interim deal was reached between world powers and Iran on Sunday.

Prime Minister Binyamin criticized the deal as being dangerous to the entire world, saying "this agreement rescues Iran from the pressure it has been under and also gives it international legitimacy to continue its nuclear program. This is a bad agreement."

Netanyahu on Sunday further stated "today the world has become a more dangerous place, because the most dangerous regime in the world took another step towards achieving the most dangerous weapon in the world."

Meanwhile, reports revealed Sunday that US President Barack Obama had approved secret talks that have been ongoing between the US and Iran for the past 6 months.