IAEA Chief Calls on Iran, N. Korea to Dispel Concerns About Nuke Programs
By Margaret Besheer, VOA, United Nations
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, called on Iran and
North Korea on Monday to dispel international concerns about their nuclear
programs. Yukiya Amano told the U.N. General Assembly that both countries have
failed to implement measures called for in resolutions from the U.N. nuclear
agency and the U.N. Security Council.
In his first report to the U.N. General Assembly as Director General of the
IAEA, Yukiya Amano warned that North Korea's nuclear program remains a "matter
of serious concern."
"The agency has had no inspectors in the country since April last year," said
Amano. "The DPRK has not permitted the agency to implement safeguards in the
country since December 2002, and it has not implemented the measures called for
in Security Council resolutions 1718 and 1874. I call on all parties concerned
to make concerted efforts for a resumption of the Six-Party Talks at an
Those resolutions were adopted in 2006 and 2009, respectively, in response to
North Korean nuclear tests. In the resolutions, the Security Council imposed and
then expanded an arms import ban against Pyongyang as well as financial and
In April 2009, North Korea pulled out of the six-party negotiations and
announced that it would resume its nuclear enrichment program.
On Iran, the IAEA director said the agency continues to verify that declared
nuclear material has not been diverted for military purposes, but that Iran has
not provided the necessary cooperation to allow the agency to confirm that all
nuclear material in that country is for peaceful purposes.
Iran's deputy U.N. Ambassador Eshagh al-Habib dismissed Amano's comments, saying
that the IAEA's reporting of what he called "so much technical details" about
Iran's nuclear activities proves that Tehran has cooperated with the U.N.
agency. He said that additional requests for information were made under what he
called "the pretext of the illegal resolutions of the U.N. Security Council."
Al-Habib alleged that the IAEA's report was prepared under "outside" pressure.
Iran, which insists that its nuclear ambitions are peaceful, recently said it is
willing to reengage in nuclear talks with the P5+1 powers - Britain, China,
France, Russia, the United States and Germany. On Sunday, Iranian Foreign
Minister Manouchehr Mottaki raised the possibility of a new round of talks,
possibly in Turkey.
In his annual report, IAEA chief Amano also noted that some 60 countries are
considering introducing nuclear energy. He said that as many as 25 of them could
bring their first nuclear power plants online by 2030, and that other countries
that already have nuclear power are planning or building new reactors or
expanding existing ones.
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