The report by Fox News said that a “containment vessel” for testing nuclear equipment was removed from Parchin. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had earlier confirmed that the “vessel” was at the site.
A source told Fox News the missing device was also used to test triggers that could detonate a warhead. The source added that removal of the equipment would have made it more difficult for inspectors to test for radioactive residue.
House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Pompeo, Kansas Republican, said that “it’s become clear that there was an effort to sanitize the site that went on for an extended period of time.
“It’s likely the case that the cleanup effort may well have mitigated anything that they could possibly have found during their inspection … As the primary guarantor of this deal, the administration has an obligation to redouble our efforts to get the surveillance and the verification right such that what the president said will be true, that the path for Iran to get a nuclear weapon were really closed.”
“We entered a building which the Agency had previously only been able to observe using satellite imagery. Inside the building, we saw indications of recent renovation work. There was no equipment in the building,” Amano said.
Full article: Report: Iran ‘sanitized’ Parchin nuke site before inspection (World Tribune)