Saturday, September 3, 2011

Latest IAEA report gives no credit to Iran for its enhanced cooperation

Yesterday, Sept 2, 2011, the IAEA released its latest periodic report on the implementation of Safeguards Rules on Iran’s nuclear activities. The report shows that Iran’s production of low-enriched uranium (LEU) and 20-percent level enriched uranium has continued unabated. According to the IAEA report, Iran has increased its total stock of LEU to 4543 kg by the end of the last reporting period, thus registering the production of an additional 438 kg LEU over this period. Iran has also reportedly increased its total production of 20-percent level enriched uranium to 70.8 kg by the end of this period.

On what regards the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, the IAEA report has repeated its previous concern “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” but has failed to provide any evidence substantiating its concerns. The IAEA report recognizes that Iran’s nuclear activities have not diverted from their stated peaceful goals but repeats its old assertion that, as Iran does not implement the optional Additional Protocol, “the Agency 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”.

What is particularly striking about the latest IAEA report on Iran is that while it has referred to numerous cases of closer cooperation extended to the IAEA by Iran over the last reporting period, including the visit by IAEA’s director general Amano to various nuclear facilities in Iran and facilitated access by the IAEA inspectors to various Iranian nuclear facilities, it has failed to encourage and give credit to Iran for its increased cooperation with the Agency. To read the full text of the latest IAEA report on Iran click here.


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