Jerusalem, June 4 – The head of the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog agency expressed his frustration Monday with a decade of Iranian obstruction of his agency’s attempts to determine if Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful or not.
“Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation to enable the Agency to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities,” said Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“I urge Iran to take steps towards the full implementation of all relevant obligations in order to establish international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program,” Amano said at the opening of the IAEA board meeting in Vienna.
Iran and the IAEA will meet later this week in another attempt to get Iran to allow inspection of its top secret Parchin military site, where the IAEA suspects Iran may have carried out nuclear weapons development activity.
Iran is facing additional economic sanctions next month on its petroleum sales. The government in Tehran has been slapped with increasingly tough sanctions for its refusal to abide by repeated U.N. Security Council resolutions demanding it stop enriching uranium and open its facilities for international inspection.
In Israel, Deputy-Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said the world has “reached a critical point in time that requires intensive and uncompromising action in the coming months.”
”Israel and the United States are strategic partners in the struggle with Iran, which is an interest of the entire international community,” Ayalon said.
He made his comments after meeting a senior State Department official. The U.S. and Israel are jointly seeking ways of stopping the Iranian program without the need for military action.