(Muslim Press) - The spokesman for Iran ' s atomic energy agency said on Monday that Iranian nuclear experts have taken samples from the military base at Parchin without UN inspectors being present.The procedure for taking samples from this military base has been under intense scrutiny since Iran and P5 + 1 reached a nuclear deal in July. Earlier this months, western diplomats said inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA), the United Nations nuclear watchdog, would observe Iranian nuclear experts taking samples from Parchin. The decision has been very controversial in the west. " Iranian experts took samples from specific locations in Parchin facilities this week without IAEA ' s inspectors being present, " the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran(AEOI) spokesman Behruz Kamalvandi said today according to Iranian news agencies.[Iran’s Defense Minister: We will not disclose information about defense scientists] "They followed regulations and standards and the samples were given to IAEA's experts," he added while not ruling out IAEA inspectors being present for future samples being taken. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano visited the military base at Parchin on Sunday, while Iranian media described the visit as ceremonial rather than an inspection.