- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 22, 2013

A U.S. institute with a mission of tracking Iran’s weaponry and military development claims new satellite images show the country is making nuclear gains.

Digital Globe satellite officials say new images from Aug. 13 show definitive development at Iran’s Parchin facility. The Institute for Science and International Security is about to release the images; The Associated Press was given an advance look at the pictures.

The Parchin site is believed by International Atomic Energy Agency authorities to have been used in the past to test explosive triggers for a nuclear explosion, AP reported. These latest images indicate workers at Parchin may be trying to develop actual nuclear arms, based on the alterations that can be viewed.

Adding to the concern is that Iran consistently has denied IAEA entry to Parchin. The country also denies that asphalting work at the facility has been conducted as a means of disguising nuclear weapon development.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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