IAEA dodges Iranian 'terrorism' charge, pushes talks

Amano meets Iranian nuke energy head, demands cooperation over nuclear program with "possible military dimensions."

By REUTERS
September 18, 2012 13:35
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IAEA chief Yukiya Amano

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano_311. (photo credit: Reuters)

VIENNA - The UN nuclear agency insisted on Tuesday that Iran must address concerns about suspected bomb research, saying it was ready for talks and avoiding any mention of

Abbasi-Davani did not say who he believed was behind the attacks. Iran has often accused Israel and its Western foes of trying to damage its nuclear work.

Western diplomats privately dismissed the Iranian allegations against the IAEA as an attempt to divert attention from Tehran's stonewalling of the agency's inquiry.

"Iran's accusations against the IAEA are a new low. Increasingly cornered, they are lashing out wildly," said nuclear proliferation expert Mark Fitzpatrick of the International Institute for Strategic Studies think-tank.

Fordow worries the West most as it produces uranium of 20 percent fissile purity, more than for power plants and only a short technical step from the 90 percent needed for a weapon.

The IAEA said Amano had stressed in his meeting with Abbasi-Davani the "importance of early clarification of outstanding issues" related to Iran's nuclear program.

"It is essential for Iran to extend its full cooperation to the Agency ... a structured approach to clarify all issues related to Iran's nuclear program, including those related to possible military dimensions, needs to be agreed and implemented as soon as possible," Amano said.

"I sincerely hope we will be able to move swiftly towards concrete progress," Amano told Abbasi-Davani.


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