Israel accuses IAEA, ElBaradei of "hiding data" on Iran nukes
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 21:14
Jerusalem: Israel and western diplomats have accused outgoing IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei and other top officials of the UN's nuclear watchdog of "hiding classified data" that indicated Iran was pursuing a military nuclear programme, a media report claimed on Wednesday.

"The world's nuclear weapons watchdog is hiding data on Iran's drive to obtain nuclear arms," Haaretz said quoting senior Western diplomats and Israeli officials.

International Atomic Energy Agency under Mohamed ElBaradei was refraining from publishing evidence obtained by its inspectors that indicate Iran was pursuing information about weaponisation efforts and a military nuclear programme.

ElBaradei, who will soon vacate his post, has said that the agency does not have any evidence that suggests Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, Haaretz said.

American, French, British and German senior officials have recently pressured ElBaradei to publish the information next month in a report due to be released at the organisation's general conference.

"We expect the details to appear in the new report and to be made public," a senior Western diplomat told Haaretz.

But the sources told Haaretz that the new evidence was submitted to the IAEA in a "classified" annex written by its inspectors in the Islamic Republic. The report was said to have been signed by the head of the IAEA team in Iran.

The classified report, according to the sources, was not incorporated into the agency's published reports. The details, they said, were censored by senior officials of the IAEA in the organization's Vienna headquarters.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 21:14

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