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Iran’s Enrichment Problem

Posted on Aug 29, 2009
AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility south of Tehran in April 2007.

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported Friday that Iran continues to enrich uranium in defiance of various U.N. security resolutions. Along with the complaint, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei demanded information from Iran that would prove that the enrichment program was exclusively peaceful.

The Guardian:

The UN’s nuclear watchdog reported today that Iran was continuing its uranium enrichment programme in defiance of UN security council resolutions, setting the stage for possible oil and gas sanctions by the west.

In a report, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also repeated its regular complaint that Iran was not co-operating with its inspectors over unanswered questions about evidence of efforts to militarise the programme and produce a warhead.

In his last report on Iran before leaving his post, the IAEA director general, Mohamed ElBaradei, said the evidence pointing at military aspects of Iran’s programme “appears to have been derived from multiple sources over different periods of time, appears to be generally consistent, and is sufficiently comprehensive and detailed that it needs to be addressed by Iran with a view to removing the doubts which naturally arise about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme.”

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By hass, August 30, 2009 at 9:08 am Link to this comment
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In Aug 2007, Iran and the IAEA agreed to resolve a list of issues. As part of this agreement, called the Modalities Agreement, Iran agreed to address the “alleged studies” upon “receiving all related documents”

By Feb 2008, the IAEA said that all outstanding issues had been resolved—except for the “alleged studies” as the US refused to give the documentation to Iran OR the iAEA.

Thus far, Iran has NOT received the documents it is supposed to refute, despite the fact that the USA has been selectively leaking it to the press and holding media PR events.

Who is “stonewalling” whom here?

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By PatrickHenry, August 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

Israel gives up its undeclared nukes and quits threatening Iran and then Iran gives up the enrichment.

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By hass, August 29, 2009 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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Actually, you’re wrong. The Iranians and the IAEA have a dispute over allegations taht Iran attempted to make nukes in teh PAST (Iran insists that it can’t answer allegations unless it sees the documents, the IAEA says it can’t give Iran the documents because the US won’t allow it)

As for Current Iranian enrichment activities, the IAEA has said that it proceeds under IAEA safeguards and has NOT been used to make nukes.

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