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IAEA: ‘Increasingly Concerned’ About Unanswered Questions On Iran’s Nuke Program

By Ali Gharib  

"IAEA: ‘Increasingly Concerned’ About Unanswered Questions On Iran’s Nuke Program"

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A report from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog said Iran’s nuclear program remains largely under verifiable safeguards, but concerns linger about the possible diversion of nuclear material and “military dimensions” of the program. “[The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)] is unable to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities,” said a copy of the report obtained by ThinkProgress.

The IAEA said that all of Iran’s declared nuclear sites are under IAEA inspection and diversion of materials would be detected, but questions about potential undeclared sites remain. Chiding Iran for not answering questions, its long-standing failure to adhere to U.N. Security Council demands to halt enrichment and heavy water work, and not implementing the Additional Protocols of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (Iran withdrew from the protocols in 2005), the nuclear agency expressed concern about possible “military dimensions” of Iran’s program:

In particular, the Agency is increasingly concerned about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed nuclear related activities involving military related organizations, including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile, about which the Agency continues to receive new information. Examples of these activities were listed in the previous report. The information available to the Agency in connection with these outstanding issues is extensive and comprehensive and has been acquired both from many Member States and through its own efforts. It is also broadly consistent and credible in terms of technical detail, the time frame in which the activities were conducted and the people and organisations involved.

The IAEA released the report to the U.N. Security Council and its the 35 member states.

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