Skip to comments.IAEA has "serious concerns" as Iran boosts nuclear work
Posted on 03/05/2012 10:43:34 AM PST by NormsRevenge
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has tripled its monthly production of higher-grade enriched uranium and the U.N. nuclear watchdog has "serious concerns" about possible military dimensions to Tehran's atomic activities, the agency's chief said on Monday.
As International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano voiced his concerns at an IAEA meeting, U.S. President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Washington "has Israel's back" and would not let Iran get nuclear arms.
Amano told a news conference at the IAEA in Vienna there were indications of unspecified "activities" at an Iranian military site which his inspectors want to visit as part of a probe into fears Iran may be seeking nuclear weapons capability.
His remarks confirmed comments made by IAEA diplomats to Reuters last week when one said: "we have heard about possible sanitation" of the Parchin site that he called "very concerning," suggesting Iran may be delaying access while it removed evidence of suspect activities.
The United States and its Western allies are seeking Russian and Chinese backing to rebuke Iran at the week-long IAEA board meeting, that began on Monday, over its failure to address the agency's growing concerns.
Israel has threatened Iran with pre-emptive strikes to stop it getting the bomb, a hawkish approach Obama has tried to rein in to give time for sanctions and diplomatic efforts.
Iran denies it is seeking nuclear weapons capability. Skeptics say it is coordinating efforts to process uranium with high explosives tests and the revamping of a ballistic missile cone to accommodate a nuclear warhead.
Its refusal to curb sensitive atomic work that can have both civilian and military applications has drawn increasingly tough U.N. and Western sanctions against the major oil producer.
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Maybe we should put them on super double secret probation. That’ll show ‘em!
Obama: The sanctions are working, give them more time
Thanks, IAEA. You guys are really on the ball.
“it (Iran) is coordinating efforts to process uranium with high explosives tests and the revamping of a ballistic missile cone to accommodate a nuclear warhead.”
Nothing to see here. All we are saying, is give peace a chance.
IAEA, Obama, UN, Iran, Hillary!
Perhaps a strongly worded letter of reprimand or even a yearlong sequence of hearings on possible sanctions should be considered. This is getting serious, and we need to use every diplomatic tool in our arsenal - while promising to keep Israel from doing something uncouth with their military.
How verily uncouth of you! :)
I believe they will still have nothing more than “serious concerns” as the mushroom cloud roils higher and higher.
what is Mr Brix up to these days?
Maybe we have a job for him.
Wasn’t there a report recently that the “US Intelligence Community” says that Iran is NOT building a bomb?