The latest news on U.S.-Israel military talks comes as the Iranian government faces pressure over its recent decision to allow fresh nuclear inspections. Western officials say they have received intelligence Iran is seeking to “clean up” its Parchin military complex ahead of a new visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Robert Wood, the head of the U.S. mission to the IAEA, called the reports “disturbing.”
Robert Wood: “I don’t want to get into, you know, intelligence issues or anything like that, but certainly there have been reports out there that Iran has been so-called 'sanitizing' the Parchin site. That would be—if that’s really happening, that’s of great concern to us, and I think it kind of makes sense why Iran denied the agency access and was very concerned about providing access to the agency. So, I don’t know what’s going on there at Parchin, but the reports are very disturbing.”
Speaking in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States hopes to resolve the Iran nuclear issue diplomatically. But in a potential nod to the threat of U.S. or Israeli military action, Clinton said it’s more urgent to resolve the issue now than it has been in the past.
Hillary Clinton: “We are hoping that the Iranians will come to the table, prepared to have the kind of serious and sincere discussion we have been looking for for several years. We think it is even more pressing and imperative today than it has been in the past, and we would like to see diplomatic progress, which we support.”