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Israel accuses IAEA, ElBaradei of "hiding data" on Iran nukes

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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