U.N: Iran still withholding key information-update

The UN head has said that investigations have shown that Iran is still holding onto important information regarding their atomic programme and that the investigation cannot continue indefinitely.

U.N: Iran still withholding key information-update

World Bulletin / News Desk

The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said on Monday Iran had still not handed over key information to his staff, and his body's investigation into Tehran's atomic programme could not continue indefinitely.

"Iran has yet to provide explanations that enable the agency to clarify two outstanding practical measures," chief Yukiya Amano told the body's Board of Governors in Vienna, echoing a report seen by Reuters last month.

The two measures relating to alleged explosives tests and other measures that might have been used for bomb research should have been addressed by Iran by last August.

"The Agency is not in a position 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," Amano said.

The Agency remains ready to accelerate the resolution of all outstanding issues, he added, but "this process cannot continue indefinitely".

"It depends on the level and pace of cooperation from Iran, I cannot tell by when," International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano said on Monday. "We have asked questions and the questions are clear, so they can answer," he said.

Diplomats have voiced doubt over whether the outstanding issues in the U.N. investigation would be resolved before a deal is reached between Iran, the United States, Britain, FranceChinaRussia and Germany.

They have set a March deadline for a framework deal and a June deadline for a final one.

The IAEA is likely to monitor any possible deal between Iran and the six powers in addition to its own investigation into Iran's nuclear programme. Amano said he proposed a 1.8-percent increase to the body's 344-million-euro ($386 million) budget given increased demand for its services.

Amano added that he remained seriously concerned about the nuclear activities of North Korea which quit the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1993. The IAEA has not had inspectors on the ground there since they were expelled by North Korea in 2009. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Mart 2015, 16:32