SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has rejected a visit proposed by Iran to a site in the country’s western region of Marivan to investigate allegations of large-scale experiments on explosives.
The IAEA claimed on Thursday that the offer does not help address the agency’s concerns pertaining to the issue of alleged high-explosive experiments at the site.
“The Agency explained clearly to Iran – on more than one occasion – that an offer of a visit of Marivan does not help address specific concerns related to the issue of large-scale high-explosive experiments,” said IAEA public information director, Serge Gas, in an email.
On November 20, Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi said his country will on a “voluntarily basis” give the Vienna-based IAEA access to Marivan site, located more than 700 kilometers (434 miles) west of the Iranian capital, Tehran.
An IAEA report in 2011 claimed that it had information indicating large-scale high-explosive experiments were conducted at the site.
Najafi dismissed the allegations as “baseless and fabricated,” noting that such alleged experiments could easily be traced if the exact site was visited.
The Iranian envoy added that some IAEA member states have given the agency fabricated information, and forged documents which “are full of mistakes.”
The remarks come as IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano called on Tehran to step up cooperation with the agency’s investigation. He demanded that Iran provide access to all relevant information and sites.