IAEA confirms Iran trying to build nuclear weapons


A security guard discourages visitors to Iran's nuclear reactor at Bushehr. (Fars News Agency)

JERUSALEM (JWN and agencies)—The International Atomic Energy Agency issued its long awaited report on Iran on Tuesday, confirming that the Muslim republic is well on its way to developing nuclear weapons.

The IAEA also found that Iran has deceived it concerning its testing program for nuclear weapons. Iran is working on developing a nuclear warhead for its ballistic missiles and a bomb that can be delivered by an aircraft, the IAEA said in its detailed report on Iran’s plans to go nuclear.

“The agency has serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program,” the IAEA said in the report, which included a 13-page annex with technical descriptions of its atomic research.

The report was submitted to the 35-member states of the IAEA board of governors. It gives details about a series of weapons-oriented tests and the acquisition of weapons components and technology which indicated that Iran has been working continuously to produce a nuclear weapon since 2003.

The Vienna-based UN agency said the data it has uncovered “indicate that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device.”

It added: “The information also indicates that prior to the end of 2003, these activities took place under a structured program, and that some activities may still be ongoing.”

The report cites intelligence provided to the IAEA from a member state that also indicates that Iran is planning to carry out “experimentation which would be useful were Iran to carry out a test of a nuclear explosive device.”

That member state passed on a document, in Farsi, that explains logistics and safety measures for carrying out such tests. According to another member state, these measures are similar to those used by other by nations possessing nuclear weapons.

Tehran has dismissed the report as a baseless fabrication.

The US State Department said it needed time to study the report and declined to make any immediate comment on its contents.

The US and its allies are expected to use the report to press for more and stiffer sanctions on Iran in a major international effort to halt its development of nuclear weapons.

Israeli intelligence agencies helped the IAEA gather information for its report, as did intelligence agencies from the US and Europe.

In Israel, opposition leader Tzipi Livni reacted to the publication of the IAEA report by stating, “Now that the truth has been revealed to the world, Israel must enlist the free world to stop Iran.”




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