IAEA: Iran Has Not Explained Traces of Uranium at Alleged Undeclared Sites

IAEA expresses concern at lack of technical details

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has issued a new report on Iran, according to Reuters. Within the report they fault Iran for not providing explanations for the discovery of small numbers of uranium particles at alleged undeclared nuclear sites.

The locations in question were named by Israel, who claimed secret knowledge of the program. Iran denied that any of these sites were ever part of their nuclear program. The IAEA has not offered much detail on what they found, but in specifying the quantity as “particles” and not a specific amount, it’s likely very little.

The report voices concern for the lack of details to come out of recent technical discussions with Iran. It’s not clear what has been said in those meetings, but Iran has maintained that those sites were not part of their program.

The discovered uranium, at least the first of it, was suggested at one point to be the result of contamination by the international inspectors. That was never proven, but neither has any alternative explanation.

As with most things related to vilifying Iran, some of the parties to nuclear talks, particularly the US, present anything unexplained as proof of guilt. Iran has been hesitant to offer more access to accused sites, since the IAEA either finds something unexplained and wants more, or they find nothing and Iran is accused of a coverup. Either way, nothing gets resolved.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.