UN Watchdog: Iran Developing Nuclear Warhead
February 18, 2010
(ChattahBox)—CNN obtained a draft of an UN watchdog report on Thursday, which concludes that Iran may be secretly developing a nuclear warhead for a missile. The International Atomic Energy Agency warns that the Islamic regime is currently engaged in activities which point to a nuclear weapon. The report is based on the discovery of the secret nuclear facility at Qom, which can’t be linked to a civilian nuclear program.
Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley noted that the International Atomic Energy Agency’s conclusions are included in the first report written, since the Qom facility was discovered.
“There is no explanation for that facility that is consistent with the needs of a civilian nuclear program. And it characterizes the way in which Iran has conducted its … relations with the IAEA and its failure to satisfactorily explain, you know, what its activities and ambitions are in the nuclear sphere,” said Crowley.
The draft reports also documents that Iran began enriching its uranium this month to 20 percent in defiance of the agency’s request to wait until inspectors could monitor the process.
When inspectors arrived at the Natanz nuclear plant the next day, February 10, “they were informed that Iran had already begun to feed the low enriched” uranium into the enrichment machinery the previous evening.
Additionally, the report says that in January, Iran refused to allow inspectors take samples of heavy water, which is a component in plutonium production.
The U.N. Security Council ordered Iran to suspend any work on heavy-water projects in 2006.