Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman has dismissed allegations of nuclear activity at Tehran’s Parchin military site as “propaganda” against the country.

At his Tuesday press conference in the capital Tehran, Ramin Mehmanparast commented on some recent Western media reports that accuse Tehran of efforts to sanitize evidence of alleged nuclear activities in Parchin.

“Those who have technical knowledge on nuclear issues would know that such propaganda is unjustifiable as evidences are irremovable from an area with nuclear activity,” he argued.

Mehmanparast maintained that Parchin is solely used for “conventional military activities” and reiterated, “Such media hypes are neither technically tenable nor regarded as a serious issue by any informed individual.”

Iran has repeatedly announced that it will continue to work with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on a new modality for inspection of its nuclear sites.

In 2005, Iran allowed IAEA experts, in a confidence-building move, to inspect Parchin. Former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei stated in his report that no military nuclear activity was being conducted at the site.

Mehmanparast referred to the visit by an IAEA mission to Iran in February and pointed out that if the delegation had been patient enough and stayed longer in Iran, it could have inspected Parchin based on a newly agreed modality.

He went on to say that the Iranian side does not oppose another IAEA inspection of Parchin; however such an examination should be conducted within the framework of an agreement between Tehran and the UN nuclear body.

The US, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.

The US and the EU have used the pretext to impose international and unilateral sanctions against Iran, while Washington and Tel Aviv have issued threats of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear installations.

Iran has repeatedly refuted the Western allegations regarding its nuclear energy program, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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