Why the IAEA Would Yield to Iran on Inspecting the Parchin Weapons Site

August 20, 2015 9:29 PM

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Why the IAEA Would Yield to Iran on Inspecting the Parchin Weapons Site

LONDON -- According to a draft document seen by the Associated Press, it appears that Iranian technicians -- and not the International Atomic Energy Agency -- will be taking the lead in collecting samples from the Parchin military complex to check for the presence of any trace amounts of nuclear material. This is the site in Iran where conventional explosives testing possibly relevant to nuclear weapons research is alleged to have taken place more than a decade ago.

Usually, IAEA staff would do the sampling themselves. So -- assuming the Associated Press story is true, and the draft document reflects the final agreed measures -- how come such a "managed-access" arrangement was granted to Iran this time?

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