Monday, September 15, 2008

Iran Has Not Suspended Uranium Enrichment - IAEA

VIENNA (AFP)--The U.N. atomic watchdog said Monday that it has been unable to make much progress with Iran in its investigation into allegations that the country was involved in studies to make a nuclear warhead.
The IAEA "regrettably has not been able to make any substantive progress on the alleged studies and other associated key remaining issues which remain of serious concern," it said in its latest report on Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
"On this particular issue, we've arrived at a gridlock," a senior official close to the IAEA told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The so-called "alleged studies" suggest Iran may have been trying to develop a nuclear warhead, convert uranium and test high explosives and a missile reentry vehicle.
But Iran has so far done little to disprove the allegations, merely dismissing the documentation used to back them up as "forged" and "fabricated", the International Atomic Energy Agency said.
The restricted report, a copy of which was seen by AFP, is to be discussed by the IAEA's board of governors next week.
In order for progress to be made, Iran should "clarify the extent to which information contained in the relevant documentation is factually correct and where, in its view, such information may have been modified or relates to alternative, non-nuclear purposes," the report said.
"Iran needs to provide the agency with substantive information to support its statements and provide access to relevant documentation and individuals in this regard."
Unless Iran provided "such transparency ... the agency will not be able to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran."
Furthermore, "contrary to the decisions of the (U.N.) Security Council," Iran had still not suspended its uranium enrichment activities, the report said.
Iran had installed new cascades of uranium-enriching centrifuges and was testing more advanced centrifuges.
IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei "urges Iran to implement all measures required to build confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program at the earliest possible date," the report concluded. (Source)


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