The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) raised serious concerns in its latest report on Monday that Iran is withholding information on the “alleged studies.” The term is used by IAEA in reference to research allegedly undertaken in Iran to build nuclear weapons.
“The alleged studies remain a matter of serious concern. Clarification of these is critical to an assessment of the nature of Iran's past and present nuclear program,” IAEA said in its report. “Substantive explanations are required from Iran to support its statements on the alleged studies and on other information with a possible military dimension.”
IAEA Chief Mohammad ElBaradei announced last month that Iran had agreed to answer allegations that it studied how to design nuclear bombs, calling the agreement a “milestone.”
Iranian officials were criticized by conservatives for the agreement. The influential publisher and editor of Keyhan, Hossein Shariatmadari, had warned Iranian officials against “falling into the trap” set by the US and Israel for them to commit to negotiations over “alleged studies.”
The collapse of Iran-IAEA talks and IAEA’s latest report would add to the tensions surrounding the Iranian nuclear program.