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      Iran Denies Nuclear Inspectors Entry to Parchin Military Base

      Iran announces new agreement with IAEA doesn't include visits to Parchin military base, long suspected as nuclear bomb testing site.
      By Ari Yashar
      First Publish: 2/9/2014, 6:27 PM

      Aerial view of Parchin site (file)
      Aerial view of Parchin site (file)
      Reuters

      Iran has made it quite clear that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will not be visiting the Parchin military base as part of the interim agreement reached over the Islamic regime's nuclear program.

      Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman of Iran's atomic energy organization, announced Sunday that "visiting Parchin is not included in the seven steps" of an agreement with the IAEA reached the same day, reports Al Arabiya. Apparently the reason given is that Parchin is a military base, not a nuclear facility.

      Iranian officials reported that the seven steps referred to were moves agreed upon to "show transparency," and are to be implemented by May 15.

      Parchin has long been suspected as a site where nuclear bomb triggering devices are being tested, a suspicion supported by repeated satellite evidence last August and in August 2012. The denied access is particularly concerning following a Pentagon report last week, that acknowledges the US would have no clue if Iran acquired nuclear weapons.

      The declaration that Parchin will be barred comes just nine days before negotiations over a long-term agreement between Iran and world powers begins. The interim agreement has already seen the US lift sanctions on Iran.

      Iran has been ratcheting up its military posturing; on Saturday the Islamic regime announced it had dispatched a "military fleet" of warships towards US maritime borders, after warning America that its drones and missiles could hit US warships in the Persian Gulf.

      America played down the movement of warships, with one anonymous defense official casting doubt on the claims and saying "ships are free to operate in international waters."

      Last Friday, Iranian state television showed a documentary simulating an Iranian attack on Israel and the US. An Iranian lawmaker said in January "having a nuclear bomb is necessary to put down Israel."