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New nuclear report on Iran angers Israel

Source: Press TV

A satellite photo of Natanz nuclear facility

Israel's Foreign Ministry says the UN nuclear watchdog cannot be trusted to monitor the Iranian program and the international community should act independently to stop Iran.

"These findings demonstrate that the international community, no more than Israel, cannot place its trust in the IAEA monitoring in Iran," the ministry said in a statement Sunday after the UN agency released its latest report on Iran.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Friday that the country was proceeding with its nuclear activities as the agency continues to verify the "non-diversion" of the controversial program.

Iran says its program is aimed at the civilian applications of the technology. Israel, however, has accused the country of developing a nuclear weapon over the past few years.

Officials in Tel Aviv have long strived to portray Iran as a regime hell-bent on a nuclear war and have attempted to rally support for tough measures, including the use of military force, to stop the country's program.

"What is needed from the international community is immediate and determined action to ensure that Iran will not be able to produce nuclear weapons," the Israeli ministry said.

Natanz nuclear facility

"The weakness currently displayed by the international community allows a country like North Korea to pursue a policy of defiance, and Iran is an attentive student of this policy."

The statement, however, failed to notice that North Korea has withdrawn from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) with weaponization intentions and has declared that it possesses nuclear arsenal.

This is while Iran and NPT signatory says that nuclear arms have no place in its defense paradigm.

The IAEA report confirmed that Iran continues to enrich uranium to a level "less than 5 percent".

Uranium, the fuel for a nuclear power plant such as those being constructed in Iran, can also serve in military purposes if enriched to high levels of above 90 percent.

The UN body, meanwhile, said that unless Iran committed itself to further cooperation, the agency would not be able to resolve "outstanding issues" regarding the program and to "exclude the possibility of military dimensions."

Iran says a broader cooperation would expose sensitive information related to its conventional military and missile related activities.

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