Iran still not cooperating with nuclear inspectors
November 16th, 2012
01:10 PM ET

Iran still not cooperating with nuclear inspectors

Iran is not cooperating sufficiently with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog for it to conclude that the country is conducting "peaceful activities," the agency said Friday.

In a 13-page report, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that despite its effort to step up talks with Iran, the nation has offered no "concrete results."

The agency's director general is, in turn, "unable to report any progress on clarifying issues relating to possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme," the report said.

Iran has completed installation of centrifuges at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant, an underground facility, giving it greater capability of enriching uranimum to 20-percent.  That would be a key capability if Iran chooses to enrich further to make it weapons grade.   Iran has not informed the IAEA how much of the site will be devoted to enriching to 20 percent and how much will be devoted to lower enrichment.

The report said Iran is still not granting inspectors access to the Parchin site, calling it a "matter of concern" that "extensive and significant activities" have taken place there this year. The report lists some of the observed activity at the explosive containment vessel on the site, which the IAEA is concerned could be used to for "possible nuclear weapon development." Iran has said the allegation is "baseless." The new report lists some of the activity observed since February of this year:

Frequent presence of, and activities involving, equipment, trucks and personnel;
• Run off of large amounts of liquid from the containment building over a prolonged period;
• Removal of external pipework from the containment vessel building;
• Razing and removal of five other buildings or structures and the site perimeter fence;
• Reconfiguration of electrical and water supply infrastructure;
• Shrouding of the containment vessel building and another building; and
• Initial scraping and removal of considerable quantities of earth at the location and its
surrounding area, covering over 25 hectares, followed by further removal of earth to a greater
depth at the location and the depositing of new earth in its place.

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  1. Fuzzy Thinker

    If 'it' quacks like a duck... then non-Muslims should conclude 'it' is a...ha ha. 'dove of peace'. After Iran brags that it built a nuke or buys one from Pakis or North Korea, then non-Muslims should act astonished at how clever Iran is. ha ha And, Israel will confuse the US State Department and CIA and Defense Department by doing something about it. US has been hand-wringing over Paki and North Korea Nukes since forever.

    November 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • Darlene Buckingham

      Nobody should have nukes – do you think the USA is saner than Iran? Obama is using drones to kill people – the USA is no wiser than anybody else. So now the US and ISrael are going to bomb nuclear reactors. That will be helpful in achieving world peace? The right thing and only thing to do is to demand that every nuclear country switch to renewable energy and disarm every single last nuclear weapon. Simple. Nothing else will work.

      January 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Reply
      • ED4

        Sounds very idealistic. So, who will do the demanding? Who will provide the teeth? If you demand something, you better have something to backup that demand. When we demand the world to switch over to renewables, do you plan any kind of compensation to nations that export oil for a living? They surely will not agree your solution is in their best interest and if the US is tasked with the job of demanding and enforcing we will just encourage those who say we are just throwing our weight around and bullying others.

        January 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  2. Tasty Tuba

    After Iran gets done wanting to change the landscape of other places besides their own country, and when America stops having to be the persian gulf oil supply regulator, for the planet earth, then maybe they will get smart by using new forms of energy that do not need reliance on oil. .( "that should have happened years ago, but big oil companys stopped it.")
    the us will finally let nature take it's course in the area, leave and let the rest of the world to deal with it. oh how i can not wait until the time comes that noone cares what goes on there! the future is looking good! very good. new cars are coming very soon that will change everything that needs oil! it is going to stop air polution from gas powered engines that are changing the climate to fast for the world to keep up. it is coming soon, so hope and pray that wars do not have to take place and everyone can go back to normal. oil is the terror of the world!!!!

    November 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  3. Rob

    The Iranians have given more access to their critical infrastructure than they ever needed to. They are voluntary signators to the NNPT, unlike Israel, which harbours illegal stockpiles of real nukes and bio/chem wmd and has threatened to use them. Who would blame the Iranians if they wanted a nuclear deterrent to the Israeli regime? Anyone in their shoes would. It's common sense and a response forced upon them by Israels stockpiles.

    November 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • hassani1387

      Exactly – Iran has allowed all the IAEA inspections it is legally required to allow plus more. This site at Parchin, for example, was already visited by the IAEA - twice in fact - and they found nothing. Iran was under no obligation to allow any inspection there at all since the IAEA's inspection authority is limited to NUCLEAR sites not anywhere else, and even the IAEA does not say this is a nuclear site (if they think it is, all they have to do is present the evidence to the IAEA Board and get a "Special Inspection" permit which IRan would be legally obligated to allow) Instead we are fed scary stories and photos. Heck Iran has said it would allow even a THIRD inspection of Parchin if only that would be the end of it and if it can see the evidence it is supposed to refute - yet the US prevents this. Google this yourself and don't fall for the BS

      November 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  4. saeed

    holocaust was the greatest.

    November 17, 2012 at 6:30 am | Reply
  5. Graeme

    Go USA. Iran must never be allowed to have nuclear capabilities. The consequences would be unthinkable.

    November 17, 2012 at 4:48 am | Reply
    • JCDavis

      Unthinkable? MAD is the ideal outcome. It would put a lid on Israel's agression and bring peace to the Middle East.

      November 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • dovepalm

      I see, but US can produce as many as they want right...? ure sick in d skull

      November 18, 2012 at 3:23 am | Reply
  6. General Sherman

    I wonder just how these guys were paid to make that finding. This is just one more example of just how corruptable some of these officials are. Now the right-wing thugs in Washington are trying to but their way into another war. This is quite nauseating!

    November 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • rossko

      yeah, it must be bush's fault right?

      November 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  7. Florin

    Think Adam is Jewish and maybe biased.

    Still no diversion of nuclear material. Still no evidence of a nuke program. Bibi has been crying wolf since 1992 [google it!].

    For god's sake – this is evil, expansionist, racist Zionism looking to remove support for Hamas and Hezbollah so Israel can invade and annex Sinai and Lebanon and then beyond.

    Zionism is racist, imperialism, and the US has a Congress bought by a foreign 5th column.

    November 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  8. Hahahahahahahahhaha

    Well Duh!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahaha

    November 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  9. Jannani

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    November 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • Pat

      You are right about the debt. I take real offense the other comments you have made.

      November 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Thank you Jannani, you pretty much said it all. It's great to see people like you post sensible comments here instead of all these ignorant Tea Partiers posting their pro-war, right-wing bla-bla-bla as usual!

      November 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply

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