Here’s another word missing from the Iran nuclear deal: Parchin
As Reuters reported some 18 months ago:
Six world powers demanded Iran keep its promise to let international inspectors visit a military installation where the U.N. nuclear watchdog believes explosives tests geared to developing atomic bombs may have taken place.
The joint call was an unusual show of unity among the powers on Iran before a planned revival of high-level talks as well as widening disquiet about the nature of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, with Israel threatening last-ditch military action.
Heaping pressure on Iran to come clean, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany used a U.N. nuclear watchdog governors’ meeting on Thursday to urge Tehran to grant prompt access to its Parchin military facility.
They voiced concern that no deal was reached between Iran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors at talks in January and February, “including on the access to relevant sites in Iran, requested by the agency … We urge Iran to fulfil its undertaking to grant access to Parchin.”
The message was reinforced by a remarkably blunt statement from IAEA director Yukiya Amano accusing Tehran of seeking to “tie our hands” and restrict inspectors during their last two rounds of meetings.
His deputy Herman Nackaerts told Thursday’s closed session of the IAEA board of governors session, according to one participant: “Due to major differences between Iran and the agency, agreement could not be reached.”
Nackaerts, the IAEA’s chief safeguards inspector, said it had information from satellite pictures showing “the precise location where we believe an explosive chamber is situated”.
The word “Parchin” is not mentioned at all in the actual published deal.
As bad as we already know the deal to be, it is astonishing that the US-led alliance did not consider inspections at Parchin to be of paramount importance. Remember, Parchin is where evidence of a weaponization program was clearly being actively hidden by Iran, even to the point that they built large pink tarps to cover the complex to stymie satellite intel.