Iran: Latest IAEA Report Not ‘Fair and Balanced’

IAEA accuses Iran of not clarifying undeclared material

In the course of wrapping up explanations for Iran’s past nuclear activities, a nation (Israel presumably) told the IAEA of a couple of secret undeclared sites which might have been used to store material.

Iran denied this was the case, but let the IAEA visit the sites, and they found trace particles of unprocessed uranium. At the time, there wasn’t a good explanation, though there was speculation that the IAEA inspectors themselves may have contaminated the sites.

IAEA officials pushed the matter, Iran granted subsequent visits, nothing was ever resolved, and the lack of further findings raised accusations, mainly from Israel, that Iran had cleaned the sites to cover up.

In recent weeks, Iran tried to finally wrap this endless investigation up by providing documents to the IAEA. Since then, the IAEA has repeatedly accused them of not clarifying the undeclared material.

Iran fired back that this was not a “fair and balanced” report. There was a sense that there was nothing Iran could say to resolve the matter, and further engagement with the IAEA on the issue is largely pointless, just taking the IAEA from one allegation to another.

Author: Jason Ditz

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