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ElBaradei: IAEA fails to make progress on alleged studies on Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Sept 22, IRNA

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Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohammed ElBaradei said Monday that the IAEA has not been able to make substantive progress on the alleged studies relevant to possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program.

"The Agency has been able to continue to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran. Regrettably, the Agency has not been able to make substantive progress on the alleged studies and associated questions relevant to possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program. These remain of serious concern," ElBaradei said in an inaugural address to the IAEA Board of Governors' quarterly session here Monday.

ElBaradei said, "I note that the Agency has not detected the actual use of nuclear material in connection with the alleged studies, nor does it have information - apart from the uranium metal document -- on the actual design or manufacture by Iran of nuclear material components of a nuclear weapon.

"I reiterate that the Agency does not in any way seek to "pry" into Iran's conventional or missile-related military activities. Our focus is clearly on nuclear material and activities.

"We need, however, to make use of all relevant information to be able to confirm that no nuclear material is being used for nuclear weapons purposes.

"I am confident that arrangements can be developed which enable the Agency to do its work while ensuring that Iran's legitimate right to protect the confidentiality of sensitive information and activities is respected." ElBaradei urged Iran to show transparency and continue with confidence-building measures.

"I again urge Iran to show full transparency and to implement all measures required to build confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program at the earliest possible date. It is now six years since we began intensive work to clarify Iran's nuclear activities. It is in everyone's interest that we should reach full clarity as soon as possible."



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