No PMD sign in Iran nuclear program: IAEA
The UN nuclear monitoring body says it has found no indications of diversion of nuclear material related to possible military dimensions (PMD) in Iran’s nuclear program.
In its report on Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it has not found indications of undeclared nuclear fuel cycle in Iran beyond those activities declared by the Islamic Republic.
The report said the alleged suspected activities in Iran’s nuclear program “did not advance beyond feasibility and scientific studies, and the acquisition of certain relevant technical competences and capabilities.”
The IAEA has been tasked with the monitoring and verification of technical issues under a landmark agreement Iran struck with six world powers.
Iran and the P5+1 group – the US, Russia, the UK, France, China and Germany – concluded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14.
On the same day, a roadmap for “the clarification of past and present outstanding issues” regarding Iran’s nuclear program was signed by Amano and Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi in the Austrian capital.
Under the JCPOA, limits are put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.
“The Agency assesses that a range of activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device were conducted in Iran prior to the end of 2003 as a coordinated effort,” the IAEA said in its report.
Iran has repeatedly denied any attempt to develop nuclear weapons, saying it is banned based on Islamic teachings.