Discussions between the UN and Iran on clarifying outstanding issues related to the country’s nuclear program are “going around in circles,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told the Agency’s Board of Governors at a meeting in Vienna today.
“Despite the intensified dialogue between the Agency and Iran since January 2012, during which time 10 rounds of talks have been held, no agreement has been reached,” Amano told the 35-nation Board. “To be frank, for some time now, we have been going around in circles. This is not the right way to address issues of such great importance to the international community, including Iran,” Amano said. (United Nations, 3 June)
Amano added Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation to enable the IAEA to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities. “The Agency therefore cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities,” Amano said.
“Iran continues to advance its heavy water-related projects. The number of centrifuges installed by Iran also continues to increase, as does the amount of enriched uranium it holds,” he continued. “These activities are in clear contravention of resolutions adopted by the Board of Governors and the United Nations Security Council.
“We need to achieve concrete results without further delay to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities,” Amano stated. “In order to achieve that objective, the Agency has made clear its view of the elements which the structured approach should contain.
“First and foremost, Iran has to address the Agency’s requirement to conduct effective verification. Unless Iran does so, it will not be possible for the Agency to resolve outstanding issues, including those relating to possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program.”
He called on Iran to engage with the Agency to achieve concrete results in resolving all outstanding issues “with a sense of urgency.”
Photo credit: IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano addresses the Board of Governors Meeting in Vienna, Austria. 3 June 2013. (Dean Calma /IAEA)