Amano urges international access to Iran's Parchin military site

Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, recently urged Iran to give international inspects access to the Parchin military site.

"I request Iran once again to provide access to the Parchin site without further delay," Amano said in an address to a routine meeting of the IAEA's Board of Governors at the body's headquarters in Vienna on Monday, reports. "Providing access to the Parchin site would be a positive step which would help to demonstrate Iran's willingness to engage with the agency on the substance of our concerns."

Iran, however, has continued to deny allegations about nuclear activities at the Parchin military site. IAEA inspectors have also visited the site twice.

"Parchin is a military site and continues its own specific activities without having anything to do with [Iran's] nuclear work," Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in January, according to

Amano said that a sense of urgency and a focus on achieving near-term results is needed for negotiations with Iran.

Asghar Soltanieh, the Iranian ambassador to the IAEA, however, expressed Iran's commitment to resolving issues pertaining to its nuclear energy program with the U.N. nuclear agency on Feb. 21, adding that Iran would continue talks with the IAEA to resolve outstanding issues.