U.N. nuke chief voices ‘serious concerns’
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.