New Satellite Images Show Fresh Activity in Iran Nuclear Site, IAEA Says

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IN THIS ISSUE: New satellite images show fresh activity in Iran nuclear site, 'Flame' spyware infiltrating Iranian computers, N. Korea puts nuclear arms in constitution, NATO's Rasmussen hopeful on Russian missile pact, Chinese Gov't academy advises boosting nuclear power, Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable Hatf-VIII cruise missile
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New Satellite Images Show Fresh Activity in Iran Nuclear Site, IAEA Says

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One image from May 25 showed signs that "ground-scraping activities" had taken place at the Parchin facility as well as the presence of bulldozers, according to diplomats who attended a closed-door briefing by UN nuclear agency officials.

This will probably strengthen Western suspicions that Iran is "sanitizing" the site of any incriminating evidence before possibly allowing inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) into the complex.

"They clearly think they have something to hide," one Western envoy said.

The Parchin complex is at the centre of Western suspicions that Iran has been developing a nuclear weapons capability despite Tehran's repeated denials of any such ambition. Last week, the IAEA said in a report issued to member states that satellite images showed "extensive activities" at the facility southeast of Tehran - in what diplomats said was an allusion to suspected cleaning there.     Full Article

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