Following the release of IAEA's latest report on Iran last week, a number of scaremongering anti-Iran headlines appeared in the Western media. The LA times chose its headline as "Iran has enough fuel for a nuclear bomb". The New York Times went for "Iran Said to Have Nuclear Fuel for One Weapon" and FOX news reported: "Iran Produces Enough Uranium to Build Nuclear Weapon". In the UK, the Daily Telegraph's article titled "Iran has enough uranium 'to build a nuclear bomb'" and the Daily Mail announced: "Iran 'has the fuel to build nuclear bomb'". The anti-Iran articles also gave the impression that Iran had deliberately underreported the production of low enriched uranium at Natanz.
In response to questions by Dr. Kaveh Afrasiabi, the IAEA spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, has issued a statement clarifying the IAEA's position regarding the misleading articles in the US and European press concerning Iran's production of low-enriched uranium.
IAEA Statement issued by Melissa Fleming on Sunday February 22, 2009.
Here is our clarifying response:
There have been a number of reports in the media commenting that Iran has underreported the production of low enriched uranium at Natanz. In this regard, it is important to note that:
As for the question about the amount of LEU and what that equates, this is a question we get following every report. It has been deemed a matter of great public interest how much nuclear material Iran has produced. It is our job to put that into perspective, which we also attempted to do with the media in this case. The word "theoretical" meant just that and it was explained the other steps, implications and consequences that would be needed for any country under IAEA safeguards to take it further.
End of IAEA Statement
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