Iran Gave IAEA Documents on Uranium Traces

IAEA had repeatedly asked for explanation

Iran has confirmed that they have provided the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with certain documents related to the undeclared sites at which investigators found small traces of uranium, which they’d been trying to find an explanation for for years.

The traces were neither processed nor serious proliferation risks, but the fact that they were unexplained had the US keep pressing the matter so the IAEA wouldn’t say the Iran issues were resolved.

Iran gave the IAEA access, but had long denied anything was going on. The provision of the documents is a major step forward, and could be a big confidence builder ahead of the nuclear deal.

The documents’ delivery was revealed by Iranian officials, and the IAEA hasn’t elaborated. It’s possible they won’t go further with the details publicly, as these are supposed to be discrete inquiries.

Author: Jason Ditz

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