‘Iran may have failed to declare some nuke facilities to UN’

Last Updated: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 23:40

Jerusalem: International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano has said that Iran has not been forthcoming about its nuclear program and may have failed to declare some facilities to the UN.

"Iran is not telling us everything. That is my impression. We are asking Iran to engage with us proactively, and Iran has a case to answer," Amano told CNN in an interview.

Amano said that the IAEA has safeguarded a number of Iranian nuclear facilities, which the Islamic Republic has declared to the agency.
"For these facilities and activities, I can tell that they are in peaceful purpose. But there are also, there may be other facilities which are not declared, and we have the indication or information that Iran has engaged in activities relevant to the development of nuclear explosive devices," he said.

Amano`s comments came as six world powers that are poised to restart stalled talks with Iran sought on Wednesday to agree to a unified stance on the Islamic Republic`s nuclear program, diplomats at the United Nations` nuclear agency said.
The Western camp would want to see relatively tough language on Iran to pressure it to cooperate with the IAEA while China and Russia seek a milder statement to help foster a constructive atmosphere for more talks, The Jerusalem Post quoted analysts, as saying.


First Published: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 23:40

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