UN Inspectors Denied Access to Key Iranian Nuclear Site

The United Nations inspection team for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was denied access to a key Iranian nuclear facility where it’s suspected “suspicious nuclear activities” are carried out, the UN has confirmed.

The UN atomic agency has said that its team visiting Iran was denied access to the Parchin military site where it suspects suspicious nuclear activities are carried out.

“It is disappointing that Iran did not accept our request to visit Parchin during the first or second meetings,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said on Wednesday. “We engaged in a constructive spirit, but no agreement was reached.”

As some have warned in recent days, Iran is a master at delay tactics. The country’s diplomats will talk, act friendly, appear hopeful, get into the spirit of diplomacy — and drag the process out as long as possible to give the nuclear scientists more time to obtain a nuclear weapon.

So that last line “we engaged in a constructive spirit, but no agreement was reached” should come as a surprise to no one. It’s the country’s modus operandi. Talk, talk, and talk some more while the scientists continue their work.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the Iranian foreign minister said his country was keen to quickly resume talks with world powers, once a place and date were agreed…

“We are looking for a mechanism for a solution for the nuclear issue in a way that it is win-win for both sides,” Salehi said.

Al Jazeera notes that Iranians sounded a similar note in January of 2011, when talks were held in Turkey. You know, right before said talks collapsed in failure because the country refuses to budge. Like I said, Iran is the master of delay tactics.

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