The Washington Post reported on Sunday that IAEA will say in its upcoming report that Iran has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon. The IAEA report, to be issued this week, will also point to crucial technical assistance by foreign experts, including former Soviet specialists, to Iran’s nuclear research program, the Post reported.
Contrary to the findings of US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) published in 2007, the IAEA report, relying on intelligence received from its member nations, will suggest that Iran continued to conduct weapons-related nuclear research after 2003.
Iran has consistently denied that its nuclear program has nuclear weapon and military dimensions and insists that it is enriching uranium to power reactors for electricity generation. The West suspects that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons under cover of a civilian nuclear energy program.