Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today criticized IAEA Director Yukiya Amano for his recent allegations that some aspects of Iran’s nuclear activities could be linked to a nuclear weapon program.
“We think the IAEA director moves in a direction that harms the agency's credibility. Politically-motivated stances don't suit the IAEA chief,” Ahmadinejad told reporters in Tehran. "It has no legal value, no effect other than discrediting the agency," he added [IRNA, 7 June].
On Monday, Amano had told reporters that his agency had received new information indicating a “possible military dimension” related to the Iranian nuclear program. The information was apparently received by the IAEA board last month. Amano had criticized Iran for not cooperating with his agency on the intelligence received. The AP reported on Monday that the new information suggests Iran worked on components of a nuclear weapon as late as 2010.
Iran has dismissed the information, saying it is based on "fabricated documents." The IAEA's board of governors convened Monday in Vienna for a weeklong meeting. The board was expected to discuss Iran’s nuclear program during its meeting.