The IAEA today reported of “major differences” with Iran over the existence of a possible nuclear weapons program in the country.
“An intensive discussion was held on the structured approach to the clarification of all outstanding issues related to Iran's nuclear program,” said IAEA in a report sent to its members late Friday. “No agreement was reached between Iran and the Agency, as major differences existed.”
“The agency continues to have serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program," IAEA said [AFP. 25 February].
A high-ranking IAEA team led by Herman Nackaerts returned from a two-day visit to Tehran earlier this week, the team’s second visit to Iran this month.
Senior IAEA officials have told AFP that Iran particularly prevented a visit by the IAEA team to Parchin military base near Tehran where work on aspects of a weapon program was believed to be underway.
Meanwhile, Iran’s envoy to IAEA said in Tehran that the two sides could not agree on the reasons for a visit by IAEA team to the Parchin site.
“There was no agreement, and talks must continue until there is one,” said Ali Asghar Soltanieh, the Iranian envoy.
The IAEA also said that Iran had tripled its capacity to enrich uranium to 20-percent purities since its last report in November. Iran was now producing around 14 kilograms of 20-percent uranium per month, with around 105 kilograms already stockpiled.
The IAEA said Iran also failed to explain properly what happened to around 20 kilograms of uranium metal that the agency says are unaccounted for and which it suspects could have been used in weapons work.