Iran’s Enrichment Problem
Posted on Aug 29, 2009
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 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.”
AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility south of Tehran in April 2007.