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Amano Censures Iran over Lack of Cooperation with IAEA

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September 14, 2010

At yesterday’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano took the opportunity to condemn Iran for its growing battle with the Agency over inspections.  Amano highlighted Iran’s recent move to ban two IAEA inspectors with a long history of inspecting Iran’s nuclear installations, as reported in the September IAEA safeguards report on Iran.  He said, “Iran’s repeated objection to the designation of inspectors with experience in Iran’s nuclear fuel cycle and facilities hampers the inspection process.”  The two inspectors, who Amano characterized as “experienced and reliable,” reportedly found evidence of Iran’s experimental production of uranium metal, a technique that can be used to make components for nuclear weapons.  Iran later denied such experimentation. 

Iran’s banning of the two IAEA inspectors appears to be an act of retaliation over the IAEA’s findings; U.S. ambassador to the IAEA, Glyn Davies, rightly characterized the tactic as “shoot the messenger.”  Coupled with Iran’s refusal to provide past information about the construction of the Fordow enrichment site (a provision of Iran’s traditional safeguards agreement), and its stated intention to build additional enrichment plants, the IAEA has reason to be concerned about its ability to detect undeclared activities.  Iran’s degraded state of cooperation with the Agency and persistent questions over its intentions continues to underline the necessity of calling for IAEA special inspections in Iran of suspected undeclared activities and facilities.

See for further analysis of Iran’s degradation of cooperation with the IAEA ISIS’s recent analysis of the September 6, 2010 IAEA report on Iran.

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