London, Feb 28: New satellite pictures have confirmed that Iran has continued to expand a sensitive military site to conduct experiments relevant to developing a nuclear weapon.
For the last eight years, international inspectors have been excluded from the Parchin military complex, where Iran is believed to have tested rockets and explosives.
In particular, Iran is accused of using Parchin to experiment with detonators inside an “explosives containment vessel”.
According to the Telegraph, a picture, taken last October, shows a cluster of three new buildings near the entrance to a tunnel.
Analysis from McKenzie Intelligence Services, a consultancy said that ‘this area has the appearance of a research and test facility’.
One of the buildings appears to be for the purpose of an activity that requires venting, possibly a test facility or laboratory, the firm added.
According to the paper, the images confirm the IAEA’s earlier report that Iran has pressed on with construction inside Parchin.
The IAEA noted that “in the light of the extensive activities that have been, and continue to be, undertaken” at Parchin, even if inspectors were allowed to visit, their “ability to conduct effective verification will have been seriously undermined,” the paper added. (ANI)