Iran took samples for IAEA at suspect military site

Iran denies allegations it conducted research into how to develop an atomic bomb at its secretive Parchin military siteIran said Monday it independently collected samples at a suspect military site where illicit nuclear work is alleged to have occurred and later handed them to the UN’s absent inspectors. The disclosure that international monitors were not physically present is likely to feed critics of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, who have poured scorn on measures used to check if Tehran’s atomic programme is peaceful. In a mark of the high stakes at play it drew a quick reaction from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, whose chief insisted that “the integrity of the sampling process and the authenticity of the samples” was not compromised.

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