(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran is again using familiar tactics to keep its nuclear program from coming under closer international scrutiny.
The latest ploy is accusing “saboteurs” of infiltrating the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog group, which is seen as an effort to prevent inspectors from visiting its Parchin military installation where new activities have been reported.
Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, scoffed at what he considers Tehran’s latest attempt to block the group from conducting inspections.
Amano said the allegations the watchdog has been infiltrated or passing along information to Western intelligence agencies were “baseless.”
There are suspicions that the Iranian military is involved in a massive clean-up at Parchin to get rid of any evidence of illicit nuclear activities.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN