Nuclear agency accuses Iran of willful lack of cooperation

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The International Atomic Energy Agency, in an unusually blunt and detailed report, said Monday that Iran's suspected research into the development of nuclear weapons remains "a matter of serious concern" and continues to need "substantial explanations."

The nine-page report accused the Iranians of a willful lack of cooperation, particularly in answering allegations that its nuclear program may be pointed less at energy generation than at military use.

Part of the agency's case hinges on 18 documents listed in the report and presented to Iran that, according to Western intelligence agencies, indicate the Iranians have ventured into explosives, uranium processing and a missile warhead design — activities that ordinarily would be associated with constructing nuclear weapons.

"There are certain parts of their nuclear program where the military seems to have played a role," said one senior official close to the agency, who spoke on condition of anonymity under normal diplomatic constraints. He added, "We want to understand why."

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Posted May 27, 2008 at 6:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. libraryjim wrote:

*tsk* and just a few months ago the IAEA was praising Iran for having complied with all the standards to prove they were not going for weapons with their enrichment program.

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