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Iran cleaning building of nuclear traces, U.S. institute alleges

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May 9, 2012 | 9:53 am

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (4th L) attends an unveiling ceremony of new nuclear projects in Tehran on Feb. 15. Photo by REUTERS/President.ir/Handout

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (4th L) attends an unveiling ceremony of new nuclear projects in Tehran on Feb. 15. Photo by REUTERS/President.ir/Handout

New satellite imagery analyzed by a U.S. security think tank shows that Iran may be clearing nuclear evidence from a building at a military site.

The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security believes the Iranians are cleaning the inside of the the Parchin military complex near Tehran based on images taken last month by a commercial satellite imagery company. The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency has asked to visit the facility because it suspects that research on a nuclear weapon may have taken place there.

The building is believed to contain an explosive chamber used to carry out nuclear weapons-related experiments.

Satellite images taken in recent months did not show similar activity at the building, according to the institute.

The IAEA said in a report last year that it believed Iran had built a containment chamber at Parchin in which to conduct high-explosives tests, according to Reuters. It will ask Iran again next week during talks in Iran to allow inspectors to visit Parchin.

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