Iran rejects IAEA concerns on nuke nuclear programme

Last Updated: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 20:17

Tehran: Iran on Saturday rejected concerns
expressed in a new report by the UN watchdog, the
International Atomic Energy Agency, raising concerns about a
possible military dimension to its nuclear programme.

"The important point is that the full detailed report
regarding all our nuclear activities show full supervision by
the IAEA and no deviation to prohibited ends," the state news
agency IRNA quoted Iran`s envoy to the agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, as saying.

"For the 26th time, the IAEA confirmed the peaceful
nature of our nuclear programme," Soltanieh insisted.
In a restricted report, the watchdog said yesterday
that Iran was still refusing "to discuss a number of
outstanding issues related to possible military dimensions to
its nuclear work."

Tehran insists its programme is entirely peaceful.

But Western governments suspect it is cover for a
weapons drive and have compiled evidence that it was involved
in weaponisation studies -- work which included uranium
conversion, high explosives testing and the adaptation of a
ballistic missile cone to carry a nuclear warhead -- at least
until 2003.

Iran has dismissed the evidence as "fabricated" and
refused to discuss the "alleged studies" any further.
Nevertheless, "additional information...has come to
the (agency`s) attention since August 2008, including new
information recently received" that prompted "further
concerns," the IAEA report said.

"Iran is not engaging with the agency in substance on
issues concerning the allegation that Iran is developing a
nuclear payload for its missile programme," the report said.

Iran is under four sets of UN sanctions for pursuing
its controversial uranium enrichment programme despite
repeated Security Council ultimatums to freeze it.

Bureau Report



First Published: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 20:17

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