|No new report on Iran nuclear research: IAEA||
TEHRAN – The UN nuclear agency said on Friday it had not prepared a report with new information about Iran’s nuclear research, after Israel urged it to go public with all information it has regarding Tehran’s nuclear program.
Israel’s statement followed a Reuters report on Thursday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had planned a major report on Iran last year that might have revealed more of the country’s alleged activities that could be used for designing nuclear weapons, but had held off as Tehran’s relations with the outside world thawed.
Sources familiar with the matter claimed the IAEA apparently had not gone ahead with writing the report and that there was no way of knowing what extra information might have been included in such a document, although one source claimed it could have added to worries about Iran.
According to the sources, the IAEA was believed to have dropped the idea of a new report, at least for the time being.
In 2011, the IAEA issued a report on alleged past activities in Iran which could be relevant for developing nuclear weapons. Tehran rejected the allegations as fabricated and baseless.
“The IAEA has not prepared any report containing new information relating to possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program,” spokeswoman Gill Tudor said in an email on Friday, in response to a question.
“The agency’s reports on Iran to its Board of Governors are factual and impartial. Their content is not influenced by political considerations,” Tudor said, giving no other details.
Israel, irked by the Western rapprochement with Iran over the last six months, asked the IAEA in a statement to expose to the international community all information regarding possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program.
Israel, which has the region’s only nuclear arsenal, has not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The sources said the planned IAEA report would probably have amounted to a wider review of the Iranian nuclear file. They said the idea was raised internally when the IAEA’s efforts to get Iran to increase its cooperation with the agency appeared deadlocked in mid-2013.
But with a new leadership in Tehran trying to improve the country’s international relations, Iran and the IAEA agreed a step-by-step cooperation pact in November to help end the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear activities.
This was sealed shortly before a breakthrough November deal between Tehran and the six powers - the United States, Russia, France, Germany, Britain and China - which is meant to be capped by a final accord in July.
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