IAEA to Provide More Detail on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Jerusalem, Oct. 11 - The International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations unit dealing with nuclear power security, is poised to release a document next month on its reasons for the growing concern over Iran’s covert nuclear program.

The IAEA and world leaders have stressed that Iran’s nuclear program is military in nature.

“The United States and its allies have urged IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to declare plainly whether he believes that there have been military aspects to Tehran's nuclear activities and whether such work may still be going on,” The Jerusalem Post reported.  The report may prompt the IAEA’s Board of Governors to take retaliatory action against Iran, such as another round of sanctions.

In September, the IAEA stated that many of its member states had “extensive and comprehensive” information that Iran “continues to work secretly on developing a nuclear payload for a missile and other components of a nuclear weapons program,” the Associated Press reported.

The IAEA report stated: “Contrary to the relevant resolutions of the Board of Governors and the Security Council, Iran has not suspended its enrichment related activities in the following declared facilities.” The intelligence shows enough uranium for six warheads.

Already in May, The New York Times reported about the IAEA’s frustration with Iran because of its refusal to answer questions about the purpose of its nuclear program. The IAEA stated, for the first time, that it “possesses evidence that Tehran has conducted work on a highly sophisticated nuclear triggering technology that experts said could be used for only one purpose: setting off a nuclear weapon.”

World leaders have pushed for international sanctions against Iran because of its non-compliance with IAEA inspectors and questions about the nature of its nuclear program. An Iranian news agency also recently pointed out that Iran said it “will not undertake more commitments in negotiations with the IAEA.”

Meanwhile, Iran continues to stage military exercises and aggressively expanding its weapons stockpile. For example, Iran dispatched for the first time the Jamaran destroyer to international waters. “The mission of the fleet is to provide security for Iranian merchant vessels and commercial ships in the Gulf of Aden,” Iran’s Mehr News reported.  It is the first domestically manufactured destroyer that carries helicopters and is equipped with torpedoes. It can also engage in surface, air and underwater warfare.

In September, Iran staged ten-day war game exercises using fighter jets, fighter bombs and planes . It also announced the successful testing of a “home-made radar-evading UAV with bombing capabilities.”

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