Expert: Iran will not be able to hide anything at Parchin

Posted on June 5, 2012


Iran will not be able to hide any traces of nuclear work at the Parchin military site, Professor of chemical engineering in Southern California University, Muhammad Sahimi said.

The expert was commenting on Iran recently rejecting claims that the country has been clearing all traces of work aimed at developing a neutron trigger for a nuclear weapon at Parchin military site.

UN nuclear inspectors displayed new satellite imagery last Wednesday claiming that some small buildings had been dismantled and other possible clean-up work undertaken at an Iranian military site they want to visit.

The Parchin complex is at the center of Western allegations that Iran has been conducting research and experiments relevant to developing a nuclear weapons capability. The Islamic Republic has repeatedly denied any such ambition.

Sahimi said if Iran did experiment with anything that is relevant to triggering a nuclear reaction and nuclear explosion, no amount of cleansing and washing can hide it.

“Even one particle in many millions of ordinary particles can be detected,” he explained.

Last week Iran’s IAEA envoy Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh dismissed West’s accusations on Iran’s efforts to remove the remaining of its illegal activities at Parchin military site, calling the allegations baseless.

Iran is expected to continue its nuclear negotiations with the “5+1” group this month on June 18-19 in Moscow, after the first and second round of similar talks in Istanbul on April 14 (Turkey) and in Baghdad on May 23 (Iraq).

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran refutes such allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use the nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.