IAEA releases new Iran report
Report by Press TV
In its latest report on Iran's nuclear program, the UN nuclear watchdog says
it has been unable to make any "substantive progress" on Iran.
The Thursday report by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Mohamed
ElBaradei said there remained "outstanding issues" which give rise to concerns
about "possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program."
"Iran needs to provide substantive information, and access to relevant
documentation, locations and individuals, in connection with all of the
outstanding issues," reads the report, a copy of which was obtained by Press TV.
Tehran says the only aim of its nuclear program is the civilian applications of
the technology. The US, Israel and their European allies -- Britain, France and
Germany -- accuse the country of pursuing military purposes.
With the help of an anti-Iran terrorist group, the US and certain UN member
states have provided the IAEA with digital files that accuse Tehran of pursuing
a "green salt project, high explosives testing, and the missile re-entry vehicle
In regards to the so-called "alleged studies", the IAEA said in its report that
Iran should "clarify the extent" to which information provided by the Mujahedin
Khalq Organization (MKO) "is factually correct".
Tehran, however, says the files have been "fabricated" and produced based on
In the report, the IAEA director-general urged the member states that provided
the agency with the documentation to provide Iran with the original files.
ElBaradei also called on Iran to implement the Additional Protocol to allow the
nuclear watchdog to "provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared
nuclear material and activities."
The IAEA said unless Iran implements the above "transparency measures" and the
Additional Protocol, it will not be in a position to clear the country of
nuclear military charges.
The Additional Protocol requires member states to provide an expanded
declaration of their nuclear activities and grants the agency broader rights of
access to sites in the country.
Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), says a broader
access would expose sensitive information related to its conventional military
and missile related activities, insisting that any government would be reluctant
to accept such a protocol because of national security concerns.
Level of Enrichment
The report also highlighted that "21 unannounced inspections" at Iranian nuclear
sites have confirmed that Iran has only managed to enrich uranium-235 to a level
"less than 5 percent."
Uranium, the fuel for a nuclear power plant, can serve in military purposes if
enriched to high levels. Nuclear arms production requires an enrichment level of
above 90 percent.
The report also added that all installed nuclear equipment "remain under agency
containment and surveillance."
According to IAEA figures, Iran has produced nearly 1,010 kilograms of low
enriched uranium (LEU).
The IAEA report revealed that the country has markedly paced the expansion of
its nuclear capabilities.
According to report figures, since last November Iran has installed only 164
additional centrifuges, while 3936 such machines were operating and "being fed
UF6 is used in the uranium enrichment process that produces fuel for nuclear
reactors as well as for weapons programs.
The agency confirmed that Iran "has not suspended its enrichment related
activities or its work on heavy water-related projects."
The country is under three rounds of UN sanctions resolutions which demand Iran
to halt its uranium enrichment program.
The Tehran government, however, maintains that under the NPT, it is entitled to
enrich uranium for civilian purposes.
The report comes at a time when Tehran and Washington, spearheaded by the
newly-installed administration of President Barack Obama, are inching toward
opening direct negotiations over the disputed program.
President Obama is expected to offer Iran with a new set of incentives while
threatening further sanctions to pressure the country into halting its program.
President Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, expects to hold "talks based on mutual respect
and in a fair atmosphere".
The highly-anticipated talks are seen as a doorway for the rapprochement of
relations between the US and Iran which have had no diplomatic ties for nearly
demands halt in Iran N program
Washington has repeated its calls on Tehran to halt its nuclear program,
after the release of the UN nuclear watchdog's latest report on Iran.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in its Thursday report that
it has been unable to make any "substantive progress" regarding Iran's nuclear
"We once again urge Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment-related reprocessing,
and heavy water-related activities, to make a full disclosure to the IAEA of all
nuclear weapons activities, and to facilitate full IAEA verification of its
nuclear program, including through the application of Additional Protocol
measures, without delay," said US State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid.
The US, Israel and their European allies -- Britain, France and Germany --
accuse Iran of pursuing military purposes. Tehran says, however, the only aim of
its nuclear program is the civilian applications of the technology.
"Absent Iranian compliance with its international nuclear obligations and
transparency with the IAEA, the international community cannot have confidence
in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's program," Duguid added.
'Iran will go on with nuclear work'
Iran will continue to cooperate with the UN
nuclear watchdog but will not suspend its nuclear work, Tehran's ambassador to
the IAEA says.
Iran's IAEA envoy, Ali-Asghar
"We fully cooperate with the (International Atomic Energy) Agency in accordance
with comprehensive safeguard, which is the NPT safeguard. But we will not go
beyond our legal obligations," Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh told Press TV, after the
IAEA released its latest report on Iran's nuclear work on Thursday.
Soltaniyeh promised Iran's cooperation with the IAEA but added that his country
will not suspend its uranium activities.
He said the US and its Western allies should change their 'boring and
frustrating trend' on Tehran's nuclear work, saying they have found 'no
evidence' of Iran's pursuit of forbidden weapons.
He also urged the IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei to use his 'maximum authority and
his prerogative' to prevent certain countries from imposing obligations beyond
legal ones on Iran.
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