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IAEA chief: Iran’s nuclear program is a special case

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on June 7, 2010

UN atomic watchdog chief Yukiya Amano on Monday described Iran as a “special case” in terms of the agency’s monitoring work owing to allegations of possible military dimensions to its contested atomic drive.

In his opening address to the agency’s 35-member board of governors here, Amano said: “Iran is a special case because, among other things, of the existence of issues related to possible military dimensions to its nuclear programme.”

In its latest report on Iran, circulated to member states last week, the IAEA complained that Tehran is pressing ahead with its contested uranium enrichment activities — despite three existing rounds of UN sanctions — and is now producing enriched uranium at even higher levels of purification.

And the report said the agency remained concerned about the true nature of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “Iran has not provided the necessary cooperation to permit the agency to confirm that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities,” Amano told.

Amano also said the IAEA was still waiting an official response from the United States, France and Russia to Iran’s proposed fuel swap deal with Turkey and Brazil.

“I am now awaiting their responses, and will continue to consult with all concerned parties on this matter,” Amano said.

On Sunday Clinton said she fully expected Iran to “pull some stunt” in the coming days to try to divert pressure for sanctions, but predicted this would fail.

“I think we’ll see something coming up in the next 24 to 48 hours,” Clinton told reporters aboard her plane before departing. “I don’t think anybody should be surprised if they try to divert attention once again from the unity within the Security Council … but we have the votes,” she said.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, an Iranian company has purchased control systems from one of Germany’s leading electronic manufacturers. The deal was negotiated with a Dubai trading company, which in turn sold Iran a range of electronic equipment for use at its enrichment facility, the British website reported.

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