IAEA reaffirms non-diversion in Iran’s nuclear program

June 7, 2009 - 0:0

TEHRAN - In its latest report released on Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency reconfirmed that there has been no diversion of Iran’s nuclear material.

The report, a copy of which was obtained by the Tehran Times, also stated that Iran’s enrichment activities at the Natanz facility “remain under agency containment and surveillance.”
In another part of the detailed report, the IAEA said its inspectors have conducted many “unannounced inspections” of Iran’s nuclear activities. “Since March 2007, 26 unannounced inspections have been conducted at FEP (Fuel Enrichment Plant).”
In its report, the IAEA said that uranium is only enriched to a level needed to operate nuclear reactors. “…results have shown particles of low enriched uranium (with up to 4.4% U-235), natural uranium and depleted uranium (down to 0.4% U-235 enrichment).
Tehran’s ambassador to the IAEA, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, said the agency once again announced that it has found no evidence of diversion in nuclear materials in Iran.
“After six years and over 20 reports, ElBaradei once again announced that there is no evidence of any diversion of nuclear materials…and the agency is still verifying (Iran’s nuclear program) without any kind of constraint,” Soltanieh told the Fars News Agency shortly after IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei circulated his report on nuclear safeguards in Iran to the agency’s Board of Governors.
Soltanieh stated that Iran will press ahead with the enrichment of uranium for peaceful purposes and will continue its cooperation with the IAEA.
Iran will neither suspend the enrichment of uranium nor its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog, and Iranian citizens and officials unanimously support the country’s nuclear policy, he added.
The report, one of a series made quarterly to the agency’s board, described how the pace of enrichment and the installation of new centrifuges is accelerating at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility. It said that nearly 4,920 centrifuges were currently enriching uranium, and that 2,300 more were ready to go.