In its latest report on Iranian nuclear program, IAEA said Friday that its attempts to probe allegations that Iran worked on nuclear weapons were deadlocked. The finding on possible military dimensions of Iranian nuclear program could undermine chances for reaching a comprehensive nuclear agreement before the 24 November deadline.
Iran signed an agreement with IAEA in February to clear ambiguities about its alleged previous work on high-explosive detonators that can be used to set off nuclear explosions; work on high-explosive charges used in nuclear blasts; and alleged studies on calculating nuclear explosive yields. These are among the steps necessary to build a nuclear weapon. Since February, Iran has provided information only on detonators, saying they were used for oil exploration.
“Iran has not provided any explanations that enable the agency to clarify the outstanding practical measures,” said the IAEA report. (AP, 7 November)
File photo: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (r.) greeting IAEA chief Yukiya Amano during a meeting in Tehran; August 2014 (Mohammad Berno/Iranian Presidency/AP)