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U.S. Says IAEA Report Shows Iran Still Not Fully Cooperating

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The U.S. State Department has said the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shows that Iran continues its uranium enrichment activities and is not addressing the concerns of the international community over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.

Referring to the IAEA report, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters on August 28 that “it seems clear that Iran continues to not cooperate fully” with the UN nuclear watchdog.

The IAEA report released on August 28 said, “Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities or its work on heavy-water related projects as required by the UN Security Council.”

Iran has “not cooperated with the agency in connection with the remaining issues of concern which need to be clarified to exclude the possibility of military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program,” said the report.

Enriched uranium can be used to make nuclear bomb.

The West suspects Iran’s nuclear program is covertly aimed at building nuclear weapons.

Iran has always denied the claim and insists its nuclear program is entirely peaceful and solely intended for generating electric power.

Iran’s representative to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh dismissed the agency’s latest report as “fabrication.”

Without giving possible reasons, the reports points out that Iran has recently reduced its expansion of uranium enrichment.

Iran has been using some 300 fewer centrifuges than in June, when it had nearly 5,000 operating centrifuges to enrich uranium.

The IAEA acknowledges that Iran has given broader access to UN inspectors to its main nuclear sites, including the Fuel Enrichment Plant at the southern city of Natanz.

A total of 29 announced inspection inspections have been conducted at Natanz nuclear complex since March 2007, said the IAEA.

However, the IAEA point out that it “has repeatedly informed Iran that it does not consider that Iran has adequately addressed the substance of the issues, having focused instead on the style and form of presentation of the written documents relevant to the alleged studies and providing limited answers or simple denials in response to other questions.”

The report said, among other issues, Iran has not yet shared the information about its experiments with simultaneously functioning multiple detonators.

Iran has informed the UN agency about the experiment, but it has failed to prove that such activity had been for civil or nonnuclear military purposes.

The IAEA also said it wanted to know Iran’s explanation of the possible role in explosives development work of an unnamed foreign national with explosives expertise who has visited the country.

The UN has imposed three rounds of sanctions against Iran for its refusal to halt uranium-enrichment activities.