An IAEA report leaked yesterday to the AP says that its investigation into Iran’s use of nuclear material in weaponry, including possibly as payload for missiles, is still being stonewalled by Tehran. As the nuclear talks head into their final month, the agency says it can’t verify that Iran is engaging only in “peaceful activities.” This investigation is a crucial element of the nuclear negotiations, and the U.S. has insisted that no deal will be finalized before the UN agency delivers its findings on the allegations. Iran claims that the weapons experiments in question had a non-military purpose and were not nuclear-related.
According to the report, Iran has refused to allow the interviews with scientists and inspections of alleged development sites that would permit the probe to move forward. The report, delivered to the IAEA’s 35-state board and the UN Security Council, states that “the Agency remains concerned about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear-related activities involving military-related organizations.”
The June 30 deadline is fast approaching. Some negotiating partners we have here.