In its latest report on Iran’s nuclear program released on Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran increased its stockpile of enriched uranium in recent months, was moving more advanced centrifuges into its enrichment facility in Natanz, and highlighted undisclosed activities to develop a nuclear payroll for a missile.
The IAEA reports that at the beginning of February, Iran’s inventory of 3.5% enriched uranium (LEU) had increased to 3,606 kilogram, nearly 8,000 pounds. But the production rate of the LEU had remained unchanged.
The IAEA also said that it had received new information about possible military dimensions to the Iranian nuclear program. The report said Iran continued its refusal to cooperate with the Agency on "past or current undisclosed nuclear-related activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile."
The White House said the report demonstrates Iran is moving closer to a nuclear weapons capability.
"The IAEA's latest report on Iran again demonstrates that Iran is not just refusing to comply with its international nuclear obligations, but Iran continues its effort to expand its nuclear program and move closer to a nuclear weapons capability,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said [AP, 26 February].
Iran’s state-owned Press TV said the report demonstrates the peaceful intentions of the country’s nuclear program.
“In an IAEA report issued on Friday, the agency reaffirmed that Iran's nuclear program has never been diverted to nuclear weapons production,” Press TV reported [26 February].