Monday, April 21, 2008

Iran-IAEA Talks Underway in Tehran

IAEA Deputy Director General Olli Heinonen arrived in Tehran today for talks with Iranian officials on “alleged studies,” a term used by IAEA to refer to research allegedly undertaken in Iran to produce nuclear weapons. The talks are now underway in Tehran.

A spokesman for Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said Heinonen’s visit intended to advance cooperation between Iran and IAEA.

Iran has dismissed the alleged studies as baseless and has labeled the intelligence used to back them as fake.

The alleged studies include charts on process of converting enriched uranium into uranium metal; a document on casting of uranium metal into the shape of a nuclear warhead; schematics of a Shahab-3 missile re-entry vehicle with apparent capability of carrying a nuclear warhead; and plans on remote explosive testing, another core element in any nuclear weapon program.

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