Iran’s Parchin complex: Why are nuclear inspectors so focused on it?
The Christian Science Monitor
April 20, 2012
Quoted: Olli Heinonen, Belfer Center senior fellow
Topic: Nuclear inspections in Iran
“‘I’m puzzled that the IAEA wants to in this case specify the building in advance, because you end up with this awkward situation,’ says Olli Heinonen, the IAEA’s head of safeguards until mid-2010.
‘First of all, if it gets delayed it can be sanitized. And it’s not very good for Iran. Let’s assume [inspectors] finally get there and they find nothing. People will say, ‘Oh, it’s because Iran has sanitized it,’ says Mr. Heinonen, who is now at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. ‘But in reality it may have not been sanitized. Iran is also a loser in that case. I don’t know why [the IAEA] approach it this way, which was not a standard practice; but they may have a reason.’”