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IAEA Board releases report on Iran's peaceful nuclear program

Tehran, Sept 1, IRNA-Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei's report to the IAEA Board of Governors regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear program was released on Thursday.

The six-page report covers developments since the June 8, 2006, report of ElBaradei.

The IAEA Chief's report says no diversion had been observed in Iran's peaceful nuclear activities and the country has rather been cooperative with the Agency's inspectors.

It says Iran has been providing the IAEA inspectors with all required facilities to conduct their mission, including access to all the nuclear substances and equipment as well as the requested information.

ElBaradei referred to Iran's continuing uranium enrichment, underlining the necessity of the Agency continuing its work to clarify all outstanding issues relating to the country's peaceful nuclear program.

In parallel to the 35-nation IAEA Board of Governors, the report was submitted to the UN Security Council on Thursday.

Pointing to the UN Security Council resolution 1696, dated 31 July 2006, ElBaradei said the resolution calls upon Iran to suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development.

According to the report, Iran has been continuing to do tests in connection with its peaceful nuclear activities. "Between 6 and 8 June 2006, it tested the 164-machine cascade with UF6. Further testing of the 164-machine cascade with UF6 was carried out between 23 June and 8 July 2006," said the report.

ElBaradei's report then said during these tests, a total of approximately 6 kg of UF6 was fed into the machines and enriched to various levels of U-235 and the feeding of UF6 into the 164-machine cascade was resumed on 24 August 2006.

The report then pointed to the Agency's failure to access to operating records. It said that however, on 30 August 2006, Iran provided the Agency with some information about product assays.

The IAEA Chief says the Agency had in August 2006 installed additional cameras for monitoring purposes, proposing the implementation of remote monitoring.

ElBaradei said the Agency had performed 3 DIVs in Iran in 2003, 3 DIVs in 2004, 15 DIVs in 2005 and 12 DIVs as of August 2006.

He said Iran had allowed the Agency access to carry out DIV at FEP and at other facilities.

Based on the report, the Agency had been monitoring the use of hot cells at the Tehran Research Reactor and the Molybdenum, Iodine and Xenon Radioisotope Production Facility, and the construction of hot cells at the IR-40, through inspections, DIV and satellite imagery.

"There are no indications of ongoing reprocessing activities in Iran," said the report.

On 12 July and 30 August 2006, the Agency carried out DIV at the IR-40 reactor at Arak, said the report, adding that Iran is fully prepared to continue granting the Agency's inspection in accordance with the Comprehensive Safeguards provided that Iran's nuclear dossier will remain, in full, in the framework of the Agency.

ElBaradei said Iran was conducting research on P-1 and P-2 centrifuge programs, saying the Agency had sought clarification of the scope and content of such research. On 16 June 2006, the Agency received from Iran a letter stating, inter alia, that Iran was studying different types of centrifuge machines, it added.

Since the Director General's last report to the Board, the Agency has completed its assessment of the results of the physical inventory verification (PIV) of nuclear material at UCF carried out between 20 and 24 May 2006 (GOV/2006/38, para. 11), according to the UN nuclear watchdog chief's report.

ElBaradei's report said that on 8 July 2006, DIV was carried out at the Fuel Manufacturing Plant (FMP) at Esfahan. Iran informed the inspectors that full commissioning of the FMP is scheduled for 2007, it said, adding that the civil engineering construction of the facility is approximately 80% completed and equipment is being installed.

There are no new developments to report with respect to the other implementation issues referred to in the previous report (GOV/2006/38, para. 14; GOV/2006/27, paras 1 9 and 20), said ElBaradei's Thursday report.

It said Iran has been providing the Agency with access to nuclear material and facilities, and has provided the required reports.

The report called on Iran to provide the necessary transparency to remove uncertainties associated with some of its peaceful activities.

Somewhere, the report said Iran has not suspended its enrichment related activities.

The Agency will continue to pursue its investigation of all remaining outstanding issues relevant to Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, ElBaradei concluded.

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