Iran Ready to Discuss Allegations of Nuclear Weapon Work
A senior IAEA team will visit Tehran on 28 January after the Iranian government said it was ready to discuss allegations that it was involved in secret nuclear weapons work. For more than three years Iran had refused to discuss intelligence reports by the US and other Western powers alleging covert work on nuclear weapon [AP, 12 January].
The IAEA summarized its body of information in November, in a document drawing intelligence provided by its member countries. It stated then for the first time that some of the alleged experiments could have no other purpose than developing nuclear weapons.
The visiting IAEA team would include Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts, in charge of the Iran nuclear file, Assistant Director General Rafael Grossi, and Peri Lynne Johnson, the agency's senior legal official. Johnson is the only American among the three.