Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Here's the Site Iran Doesn't Want Inspectors to See

Iran can banish U.N. inspectors from its military sites but it can't obstruct the prying eyes of commercial satellites.

On Tuesday, officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency left Iran in a huff after the country refused to grant permission to inspect a military site in Parchin where a facility suspected of testing explosives exists. In light of Iran's coyness about its facilities, we asked Mark Bender, executive director of the commercial satellite imagery company GeoEye, for a closer look.

The image above, provided to The Atlantic Wire, shows the sprawling Parchin military complex, which is 18 miles southeast of Tehran, taken from a GeoEye satellite 423 miles in space. We showed the image to Paul Brannan, who specializes in deciphering high-resolution satellite imagery for the Institute for Science and International Security, and he pointed to the areas marked in red as of interest to IAEA inspectors...

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