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Iran rejects nuclear clean-up claim

Iran has rejected allegations that it attempted to clean up radioactive traces possibly left by tests of a nuclear-weapon trigger at a military site.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the claims are misleading because such traces are "not cleanable, at all".

Satellite images of Iran's Parchin military facility which circulated last week appear to show trucks and earth-moving vehicles at Parchin. This set off assertions by diplomats, all nuclear experts accredited to the UN nuclear agency, about a clean-up.

The assertions followed Iran's reversal of a previous ban for UN inspectors to visit Parchin.

They could add to the growing international pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme, which Tehran insists is for peaceful purposes.


From Belfast Telegraph