Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Iran to Inspect (Its Own) Nuclear Site


Headline: UN TO LET IRAN INSPECT ALLEGED NUKE WORK SITE

No, that's not a headline from The Onion. It's an Associated Press exclusive story.
Vienna (AP) -- Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press. [...]

The newly disclosed side agreement, for an investigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency, is linked to persistent allegations that Iran has worked on atomic weapons. That investigation is part of the overarching nuclear-limits deal. [...] 
The Parchin agreement was worked out between the IAEA and Iran. The United States and the five other world powers were not party to it but were briefed by the IAEA and endorsed it as part of the larger package. [...]

The agreement in question diverges from normal procedures by allowing Tehran to employ its own experts and equipment in the search for evidence of activities it has consistently denied - trying to develop nuclear weapons.
There are some times when something is so absurd that you can't come up with words accurate enough to describe the absurdity.

This is one of those times.

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