Worries over Iran, N Korea nuclear intent: Report

The head of the international atomic watchdog raised new concerns about the nuclear drives by Iran and North Korea in his annual report to the UN.

Updated: Nov 02, 2011, 00:40 AM IST

United Nations: The head of the international
atomic watchdog raised new concerns about the nuclear drives
by Iran and North Korea in his annual report to the UN.

Yukio Amano, director general of the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA), told the UN General Assembly both
governments must ease global concerns about their actions.

Amano reaffirmed recent IAEA reports that Iran "is not
providing the necessary cooperation to enable the agency to
conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful
activities.

"I urge Iran to take steps towards the full
implementation of all relevant obligations in order to
establish international confidence in the exclusively peaceful
nature of its nuclear programme."

The UN Security Council has ordered four rounds of
sanctions against Iran over its uranium enrichment. Western
nations accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear bomb and have
demanded tougher action. The Teheran government denies the
charge.

Amano said North Korea`s nuclear weapons production
"remains a matter of serious concern." IAEA inspectors have
not been able to carry out checks in the secretive North since
April 2009.

North Korea, which has a plutonium bomb, has since
announced that it has built a uranium enrichment plant and a
light water reactor which would provide new ways to make a
nuclear bomb. Amano called the reports "deeply troubling".

"I continue to urge (North Korea) to fully implement all
of the relevant resolutions of the IAEA General Conference and
the Security Council," he told the UN assembly.

The UN Security Council has also ordered sanctions
against North Korea, which pulled out of six nation talks on
its nuclear weapons when it kicked out IAEA inspectors in
2009.

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