08 September 2010

IAEA Report on Iran Notes Problems (Shocker!)

Reuters runs down the highlights from the IAEA's report, and finds that there are still problems. Emphasis added where necessary.

Since 2005, the IAEA has been investigating Western intelligence reports indicating Iran has coordinated efforts to process uranium, test explosives at high altitude and revamp a missile cone to make it suitable for an atomic warhead.

In his report on Monday IAEA chief Yukiya Amano reiterated that it is concerned about possible current bomb research and not just possible work carried in the past. The IAEA believes the activity may have continued beyond 2004.

"Since August 2008, however, Iran has declined to discuss the outstanding issues with the agency or to provide any further information or access to locations and people necessary to address the agency's concerns," the report said.

It urged Iran to engage with the IAEA on the issues and allow it to visit relevant sites, have access to all relevant equipment and documentation, and be allowed to interview all relevant officials "without further delay."

"The passage of time and the possible deterioration in the availability of some relevant information increase the urgency of this matter," it said.

By: Brant

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