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When international talks about Iran’s nuclear program reconvene next month, a key test of progress will be whether U.N. inspectors get access to a bus-sized metal chamber, where specialists suspect Iranians might have tested a trigger for an atomic bomb.
The chamber likely was used to test a device called an “implosion system,” which helps set off a nuclear weapon, according to Paul Brannan of the Institute for Science and International Security, a nonprofit nuclear-proliferation watchdog.
He said U.N. inspectors have requested access to the site at the Iranian military complex at Parchin, a few miles southeast of Tehran.
Allowing them in would be a “straightforward” way for Iran to demonstrate good faith and to allay international concerns about a possible military element to their nuclear program, he said.
“It has substantive value, and it could happen very quickly,” Mr. Brannan said.
Earlier this month, Iranian officials said that there was no nuclear activity at Parchin, and that inspectors from the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency already had been there.
After last weekend’s talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, the next opportunity to gauge progress will be when officials reconvene May 23 in Baghdad.
Iran insists its nuclear program is purely for civilian use.
Any evidence of a nuclear trigger test found at the Parchin chamber would show Iran lied because there are no civilian applications for such devices.
“If the inspectors find anything, the burden of proof will totally shift to the Iranians. They will have to prove a negative,” he said.
Iranian officials may also see Parchin as the thin end of the wedge.
“Once that door is opened, the Iranians will be asking themselves, ‘Will [the inspectors] want to see more?’” he noted.
Western intelligence officials believe the testing of the implosion trigger probably occurred about 10 years ago, the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported over the weekend.
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