IAEA Yukiya Amano 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS / Herwig Prammer)
Iran has not been forthcoming about its nuclear program and may have
failed to declare some facilities to the UN, International Atomic Energy
Agency chief Yukiya Amano said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday.
is not telling us everything. That is my impression. We are asking Iran
to engage with us proactively, and Iran has a case to answer," Amano
Amano said that the IAEA has safeguarded a number of
Iranian nuclear facilities which the Islamic Republic has declared to
"For these facilities and activities, I can tell that
they are in peaceful purpose," Amano said. "But there are also, there
may be other facilities which are not declared, and we have the
indication or information that Iran has engaged in activities relevant
to the development of nuclear explosive devices," he stated.
comments came as six world powers that are poised to restart stalled
talks with Iran sought on Wednesday to agree to a unified stance on the
Islamic Republic's nuclear program, diplomats at the United Nations'
nuclear agency said.
The United States and its Western allies -
which have led international pressure on Tehran - initially pursued a
resolution by the UN agency's board of governors to rebuke Iran over
what they see as its failure to answer mounting concerns of a disguised
bid to develop nuclear arms capability.
includes Iran's refusal, during talks in Tehran this year, to grant UN
inspectors access to a military site where they say research work
relevant for nuclear weapons might have taken place. Western diplomats
say they now suspect Iran may be trying to clean up the Parchin site,
southeast of Tehran.
But diplomats said Russia and China - which
are less keen on tightening sanctions - saw no need for a new resolution
so soon after one was passed at the last 35-nation board meeting of the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in November.
the focus is now on crafting a joint statement to be delivered at the
current board meeting, which took the unusual step to adjourn until
Thursday to give more time for big power envoys to consult with each
other and their capitals.
One senior Western diplomat played down
any suggestion of major differences between the four Western states -
the United States, France, Britain and Germany - and Russia and China.
It was "nothing that we can't resolve," the envoy said.
joint statement would underline the importance of the powers' upcoming
talks with Iran and also urge it to cooperate with IAEA inspectors after
two recent rounds of largely fruitless meetings in Tehran, another
Western diplomat said.
The Western camp would want to see
relatively tough language on Iran to pressure it to cooperate with the
IAEA while China and Russia seek a milder statement to help foster a
constructive atmosphere for more talks, analysts say.
policy chief Catherine Ashton, who would lead future talks with Iran on
behalf of the six powers, announced on Tuesday there would be an attempt
to revive the talks - stalled for more than a year - aimed at allaying
suspicions that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.
A date and
venue have yet to be agreed for the talks, proposed by Iran after a
year's diplomatic standstill that has increased fears of a slide into a
new Middle East war.
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