Iran Hesitant on Full Implementation Before Striking Final Deal with P5+1
Iran said today it had not agreed with IAEA on a deadline to provide answers on its alleged experimentations with detonators believed to be used to trigger explosion in a nuclear device. On Friday, IAEA said Iran had indeed agreed to a 25 August deadline for providing the information.
“Iran has implemented one of the five practical measures that it agreed with the Agency in May 2014 in the third step of the Framework for Cooperation by the agreed deadline of 25 August 2014; implemented two of the measures after the deadline; and begun discussions with the Agency on the other two practical measure.” (IAEA report, 5 September)
Behzad Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said IAEA was aware that implementing all five steps required by the Framework of Cooperation agreement by August 25 was not possible.
“We do not have any commitment on a date (deadline),” Kamalvandi added. (IRNA, 6 September)
Iran appears to be hesitant to provide full information on its experimentations with Exploding Bridge Wire (EBW) detonators before it is confident that a comprehensive nuclear deal could be struck with P5+1. In absence of such agreement, it would be unlikely that Iran would fully implement the Framework of Cooperation with IAEA.