Iran confirmed that International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors inspected a second nuclear site on Wednesday, suspected of undeclared nuclear activities at the turn of the millennium.
“Within the framework of an agreement concluded with Iran, the agency was able this week to enter a second site in the country (which it did not specify) and took environmental samples from it,” the agency wrote in a statement sent to the French press.
The spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalondi, expressed his hope that the inspection process would contribute to withdrawing all justifications from the United States of America, which is seeking to politicize the Iranian nuclear file, and to stop its pressure on the International Atomic Energy Agency.
At the end of last August, Iran announced that it would allow the agency to enter the two sites, following the visit of its Director General, Rafael Grossi, to Tehran. Agency inspectors visited the first site in early September.
During a September 14 press conference, Grossi said that analyzing samples taken from the first site “will take at least two months, maybe 3 months.”
The US intelligence services and the International Atomic Energy Agency believe that Iran has a secret nuclear weapons program that it stopped in 2003 for fear of being discovered, while Tehran has long denied its pursuit of atomic bombs.
But according to its obligations to the International Energy Agency, Iran, which denies its intention to possess an atomic bomb, is forced to accept the required inspections, according to experts.
The United States, which has not been a party to the nuclear deal for two and a half years, has exercised pressure on Tehran over these ancient sites in order to push the Europeans, Russia and China as well to withdraw from the agreement.
In response to the US withdrawal, Tehran has resumed uranium enrichment and the use of centrifuges more sophisticated than those permitted by the agreement.