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IAEA Chief Urges Access To Iranian Military Site

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in his Introductory Statement to IAEA Board of Governors Meeting in Vienna, Austria today, demanded access to Parchin military site "to obtain the required clarifications."

Yukia Amano's statement on Iran:

Implementation of Safeguards in the Islamic Republic of Iran
I will now turn to my report on the implementation of safeguards in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano (file photo)

Despite the intensified dialogue between the Agency and Iran since January 2012, no concrete results have been achieved so far. This is frustrating because, without Iran's full engagement, we will not be able to start the process to resolve all outstanding issues, including those concerning possible military dimensions to its nuclear programme. We consider it essential for Iran to engage with us without further delay on the substance of our concerns.

It is a matter of concern that activities which have taken place since February 2012, at the location within the Parchin site referred to in my report to the Board, will have an adverse impact on our ability to undertake effective verification there. In a letter dated 29 August 2012, Iran stated that the allegation of nuclear activities at the Parchin site was "baseless." However, the activities observed further strengthen our assessment that it is necessary to have access to the location at Parchin without further delay in order to obtain the required clarifications.

The Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement. However, Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation to enable us to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.

I urge Iran to take steps towards the full implementation of all relevant obligations in order to establish international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme. I hope that, as a result of our intensified dialogue with Iran, concrete, tangible results will be achieved without further delay.


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