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The IAEA on Iran (from Daily Alert)

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IAEA: No Big Change in Iran Nuclear Work under Rouhani – Fredrik Dahl

The head of the UN nuclear agency said on Wednesday he saw “no radical change” in Iran’s nuclear program in the past three months, roughly since President Hassan Rouhani replaced his combative predecessor. “I can say that enrichment activities are ongoing…no radical change is reported to me,” said Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Vienna. Asked whether Iran was continuing the higher-grade enrichment work, Amano said: “That’s right.”

The IAEA still wants access to the Parchin military base southeast of Tehran, where it believes nuclear-related explosives tests may have taken place a decade ago, as part of future steps under Monday’s agreement to allow access to two other nuclear-related facilities. “We would like to visit Parchin as soon as possible,” Amano said. (Reuters)

See also The IAEA-Iran Agreement: A Placebo? – Ephraim Asculai (Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University)

UN Nuclear Agency Reports Slight Increase in Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Program – George Jahn

After years of rapid progress, Iran’s uranium enrichment program expanded at only a slight pace, as did construction on a reactor that will produce substantial amounts of plutonium once completed, the UN atomic agency said Thursday in a report. It said Iran’s stockpile of uranium enriched to 20% grew by about 10 kg. since the August report to total a little less than 200 kg., about 50 kg. less than the amount needed for a nuclear bomb. Iran installed only 4 additional centrifuges at its main enrichment facility since August, compared to 1,800 between May and August. (AP)

See also Text: IAEA Report on Iran, November 14, 2013

“The rate of production of UF6 enriched up to 5% U-235 remains similar to that indicated in the previous report; the amount of nuclear material that remains in the form of UF6 enriched up to 5% U-235 is 7154.3 kg. The rates of production of UF6 enriched up to 20% U-235 remain similar to those indicated in the previous report; the further processing of such material has continued; the amount of material that remains in the form of UF6 enriched up to 20% U-235 is approximately 196 kg.”  (IAEA-ISIS)

 

Netanyahu “Not Impressed” by UN Report on Iranian Nuclear Slowdown

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday: “I’m not impressed with the reports that we hear that Iran has not expanded its nuclear facilities. And the reason for that is they don’t need to. They’ve got enough facilities, enough centrifuges, to develop and to complete the fissile material which is at the core of an atomic bomb. They have that, and the test today is not whether they add to the capacity they already have. The question is will the international community roll back what they have. ‘Roll back’ means that they dismantle centrifuges and that’s not included in the proposed deal in Geneva.” 

    “People say: ‘If we don’t strike this bad deal with Iran, Iran will walk away from the deal.’ Well, I have news for you. They’re not going to walk away from this deal. It’s a dream deal for them. In fact what has to be done is to get a good deal for us, not for Iran. A good deal for security; a good deal for peace. And you’re not going to achieve that with smiles; you’re going to achieve that with pressure – sustained pressure of sanctions. That’s what’s required….But I guarantee you one thing. Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons.”  (Prime Minister’s Office)

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