The latest report of the International Atomic Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano on Iran’s nuclear program does not provide anything new. It confirms only that “the Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material at the nuclear facilities and LOFs (locations outside facilities where nuclear material is customarily used) declared by Iran under its Safeguard Agreements …”.
It has been expected that Amano would express his dismay about the denial of inspectors to visit the military complex in Parchin. The site had been visited by IAEA inspectors twice in 2005 without any results. Iran has not ratified its Additional Protocol under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty nor modified code 3.1.
So, trying to visit Parchin only serves factions of the international community who advocate another war in the Middle East. Iran can enrich up to 20% (low-enriched uranium for use for the production of medical isotopes); or even up to 95% if it wants (it hasn’t decided to do yet), under the NPT of which it is a signatory.
Enriching uranium to below 20% for medical purposes is granted by the NPT. Referring time and again, in the report, to United Nations Security Council Resolutions is not the IAEA’s business.
Last modified February 25, 2012.