U.N. nuke chief voices ‘se­ri­ous con­cerns’

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VI­ENNA | The head of the U.N. nu­clear agency expressed grow­ing con­cern Mon­day about in­ves­ti­gat­ing an Ira­nian site sus­pected of links to nu­clear weapons de­vel­op­ment, say­ing there are in­di­ca­tions of new ac­tiv­ity there.

In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano did not spec­ify whether he be­lieved the ac­tiv­ity was linked to sus­pected new weapons ex­per­i­ments or at­tempts to clean up pre­vi­ous al­leged work.

But he said the sus­pi­cions of “ac­tiv­i­ties . . . on­go­ing at the Parchin site” in Iran means “go­ing there sooner is bet­ter than later” for IAEA in­spec­tors seek­ing to probe sus­pi­cions that Iran has been — or is — work­ing se­cretly to de­velop nu­clear arms.

In­spect­ing Parchin was a key re­quest made by se­nior IAEA teams that vis­ited Tehran in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary.

Iran re­buffed those over­tures, as well as at­tempts by the IAEA to ques­tion of­fi­cials and se­cure other in­for­ma­tion linked to the al­le­ga­tions of se­cret weapons work.

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