Skip to comments.Teheran 'Lied' Over Plutonium Production
Posted on 06/16/2005 6:37:35 PM PDT by blam
Teheran 'lied' over plutonium production
By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor
Iran falsely reported the timing of experiments to produce plutonium, a fissile material used in nuclear weapons, a report by the United Nations watchdog said yesterday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said that Teheran had earlier admitted that it had produced plutonium in breach of the international rules, but claimed that the work had ended in 1993. But IAEA inspectors have now forced Teheran to admit that the work continued until 1998.
The quantities involved are small, but in a statement, the American representative to the IAEA, Jackie Saunders, said: "It is evident that Iran has not come clean about its past or present nuclear activities.''
Contradictions in Iran's reporting to the IAEA are too "pervasive" to be due to an "inadvertent error", the statement continued.
Iran claims that it has no intention of building nuclear weapons. Under a deal with European countries, it has agreed temporarily to halt plutonium separation and uranium enrichment.
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