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Overview[ edit ] In Septemberthe IAEA Board of Governors, in a rare non-consensus decision with 12 abstentions,  recalled a previous Iranian "policy of concealment" regarding its enrichment program  and found that Iran had violated its NPT Safeguards Agreement. For its part in the conflict-ridden Middle East, Israel is a member of the IAEA, but it is not itself a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and is widely believed to currently be the only nuclear-armed state in the region.
Fueled by high oil prices in the s, Iran sought to purchase large-scale nuclear facilities from Western suppliers in order to develop nuclear power and fuel-cycle facilities with both civilian and potential military applications. According to a strategic dossier from International Institute for Strategic StudiesIran turned away from Western suppliers and obtained nuclear assistance from Russian and China in a number of key areas, including uranium mining, milling and conversation, as well as technology for heavy-water research reactors.
The s also saw Iran expand its furtive nuclear research into conversion, enrichment and plutonium separation. Khan network, Iran was able to begin the construction of pilot-scale and industrial-scale enrichment facilities at Natanz around There are various estimates of when Iran might be able to produce a nuclear weapon, should it choose to do so: A assessment by the International Institute for Strategic Studies concluded "if Iran threw caution to the wind, and sought a nuclear weapon capability as quickly as possible without regard for international reaction, it might be able to produce enough HEU for a single nuclear weapon by the end of this decade", assuming no technical problems.
The report concludes, however, that it is unlikely that Iran would flatly ignore international reactions and develop nuclear weapons anyway. That day is still 2—3 years away at the earliest.
The new estimate says that the enrichment program could still provide Iran with enough raw material to produce a nuclear weapon sometime by the middle of next decade, but that intelligence agencies "do not know whether it currently intends to develop nuclear weapons" at some future date.
Russia has said there was no proof Iran has ever run a nuclear weapons program. Director of National Intelligence said in February that Iran would not realistically be able to a get a nuclear weapon untilif it chose to develop one. German, French, and British intelligence say that under a worst-case scenario it would take Iran a minimum of 18 months to develop a nuclear weapon if it chose to build one, and it would have to first purify its uranium and weaponize its uranium.
His claim was criticized by former chief U. On 6 Marchthe IAEA Secretariat reported that "the Agency has not seen indications of diversion of nuclear material to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices Iran furnished the IAEA with copies, claiming not to have used the information for weapons work, which it had obtained along with other technology and parts in and the mids.
On 18 DecemberIran voluntarily signed, but did not ratify or bring into force, an Additional Protocol that allows IAEA inspectors access to individuals, documentation relating to procurement, dual-use equipmentcertain military-owned workshops, and research and development locations. The IAEA described this as a "significant step forward".
He went on to note that "all the intelligence services" agree with this assessment and that he wanted to "get people away from the idea that Iran will be a threat from tomorrow, and that we are faced right now with the issue of whether Iran should be bombed or allowed to have the bomb".
Have we seen an active weaponization program? If there is actual evidence, ElBaradei said he would welcome seeing it. However, Iran has ignored the demands of the UN Security council, and has continued to enrich uranium in the past year. The report also confirmed that Iran now possesses centrifuges, a fold increase over the past year, though the feed rate is below the maximum for a facility of this design.
Data regarding the P-2 centrifuge, which Ahmadinejad has claimed will quadruple production of enriched uranium, was provided only several days before the report was published; the IAEA plan to discuss this issue further in December. In response to the report the US has vowed to push for more sanctions, whilst Iran has called for an apology from the US.
Mohamed ElBaradei said the Agency continued to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran, but that other issues of concern had reached a "dead end" unless Iran were to fully cooperate with the agency.
ElBaradei stated it would be helpful if "we were able to share with Iran more of the material that is at the centre of these concerns", and also said it would be helpful if Iran fully implemented the Subsidiary Arrangements to its Safeguards Agreement and fully implemented the Additional Protocol. ElBaradei closed by saying international negotiations represented a "unique opportunity to address a humanitarian need and create space for negotiations".
Ivan Oelrich and Ivanka Barzashka, writing in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientistssuggested "the media has seriously misrepresented the actual contents of the report" and that "in fact, no new information has been revealed.
So, we have time to engage," he said.
ElBaradei further said the building of trust between the parties would "not happen until the two sides sit around the negotiating table and address their grievances. Sooner or later that will happen. All information that we have received that has been vetted, assessed in accordance with our standard practices, has been shared with the Board.
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The report further said, "it would be helpful if Member States which have provided documentation to the Agency would agree to share more of that documentation with Iran, as appropriate.
Cochran, a senior scientist in the nuclear program of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Iran claims that nuclear power is necessary for a booming population and rapidly industrialising nation.
It continues to argue that its valuable oil should be used for high value products and export, not simple electricity generation. Furthermore, Iran argues that nuclear power makes fairly good economic sense. Building reactors is expensive, but subsequent operating costs are low and stable, and increasingly competitive as fossil-fuel prices rise.
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