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U.S. Says Iran Lacks Nuclear Weapons Now

John Negroponte (file photo) (AFP) 2 February 2006 -- The United States says Washington does not believe Iran has a nuclear weapon at this time but that the danger they will develop one is of major concern.

National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said today the United States believes that Tehran probably does not yet have a nuclear weapon, and probably has not yet produced or acquired the necessary fissile material.

Negroponte also said Al-Qaeda is still plotting and preparing for attacks on the United States and other targets from bases in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area.

In prepared testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, he said that Iran and North Korea are both major threats to U.S. security.

(Reuters, AP)

The IAEA Resolution

The IAEA Resolution

On 2 February, the 35-member Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency began discussing a draft resolution aimed at referring the matter of Iran's nuclear program to the United Nations Security Council. The key section of the resolution is Section 1, which states that the Board of Governors:

Underlines that outstanding questions can best be resolved and confidence built in the exclusive peaceful nature of Iran's program by Iran responding positively to the calls for confidence building measures which the Board has made on Iran, and in this context deems it necessary for Iran to:

  • reestablish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and processing activities, including research and development, to be verified by the Agency;
  • reconsider the construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water;
  • ratify promptly and implement in full Additional Protocol;
  • pending ratification, continue to act in accordance with the provisions of the Additional Protocol with Iran signed on 18 December 2003;
  • implement the transparency measures, as requested by the Director General, which extend beyond the former requirements of the Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol, and include such access to individuals, documentation relating to procurement, dual use equipment, certain military-owned workshops and research and development as the Agency may request in support of its ongoing investigations.

THE COMPLETE TEXT: To read the complete text of the resolution, click here.

THE COMPLETE PICTURE: RFE/RL's complete coverage of controversy surrounding Iran's nuclear program.

An annotated timeline of Iran's nuclear program.