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IAEA silent on source of contamination of Iran's centrifuges

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Aug 16, IRNA
While a number of diplomats based at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have declared that the source of contamination of centrifuges in Iran is foreign, officials from the nuclear watchdog agency have refrained from making any comment.

IAEA spokesman Peter Rickwood told IRNA in Vienna Monday that the agency will not comment before IAEA Director General Mohammad Elbaradei has submitted his report to the governing board.

He added that the resolution of the IAEA emergency session has called on Elbaradei to hand in a report to the board of governors on the Iran nuclear activities and Iran's compliance with the resolution by September 3.

"We will wait until that time," he added, saying that it is not clear that the outcome of these tests will be incorporated in the Elbaradei report.

Rickwood said that it is expected that in addition to the written report by Elbaradei another report on Iran nuclear activities will also be submitted before September 19 which is the next IAEA governing board session.

Some diplomats have said that the outcome on the tests carried out by IAEA experts has confirmed that the sources of uranium with high degree of enrichment found in Iran is from foreign equipment imported to the country.

Tehran has previously brought up the issue that the centrifuges brought from Pakistan were contaminated and now the IAEA has confirmed the notion.

The issue of contamination of the centrifuges in Iran is one of the two remaining outstanding issues pertaining to the case on Iran's nuclear activities.

If the nuclear watchdog agency confirms the reports by the diplomats one of the doubts will be considered as resolved.


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