Archive for June 7th, 2009

“IAEA: Iran uncooperative, but no evidence of weapons development”

“IAEA: Iran uncooperative, but no evidence of weapons development”
June 5-6, 2009
     In its latest report on Iran’s nuclear program, the IAEA emphasizes that “a number of outstanding issues” remain and urges Iran to implement the Additional Protocol. The report states that while inspections at Iran’s fuel enrichment plants indicate that operations are being conducted as declared, the absence of reprocessing-related activities can only be verified at two facilities. The report also requests that Iran implement Code 3.1 [which requires the early provision of design information on new nuclear facilities] (IAEA). Iran has previously stated its refusal to suspend enrichment, implement the Additional Protocol, or implement Code 3.1.
     William J. Broad and David E. Sanger report that with its 7,200 installed centrifuges (a 30% increase since February), Iran could produce fuel for up to two nuclear weapons a year, although the IAEA has found no evidence that any fuel has been enriched to weapons-grade (New York Times). However, Iran’s IAEA ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh emphasized the report’s finding of no evidence of any military diversion of Iran’s nuclear materials, stating that Iran would continue both uranium enrichment and “statute-based cooperation” with the IAEA. Fars News Agency points out that Iran’s enrichment of uranium to a level below 5% is consistent with fuel production for nuclear power plants (Fars News Agency).
IAEA | New York Times | Fars News Agency