Press Release Concerning IAEA Report on Iranian Nuclear Program

September 5, 2005

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei on September 2 circulated a report on the application of Agency safeguards in Iran. The report had been prepared in accordance with the resolution adopted on August 11 by the IAEA Board of Governors, who had considered the question of the Iranian nuclear program in the wake of a partial withdrawal by Iran from its voluntary moratorium on uranium enrichment work.

The report notes that the entire resumed plutonium conversion activity is being carried out under the control of IAEA. It stresses the steady progress being made in clarifying the questions the Agency still has about the Iranian nuclear program and in taking measures to rectify Iran's past omissions in carrying out the Safeguards Agreement. No new facts of violation by Iran of its nonproliferation obligations have been identified.

At the same time, Iran still has to answer a number of questions on its previous nuclear activities, questions that require some additional investigation by the Agency in cooperation with the Iranian side.

The report of ElBaradei creates a good basis for continuing the professional, depoliticized work within the IAEA to settle this problem as soon as possible. Of course, this is only possible with full and enterprising cooperation on the part of Iran and with compliance by Teheran with the relevant resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors. We are ready, as before, to actively assist this in close coordination with all concerned countries.

We expect that a thorough discussion of the report will take place in the course of an upcoming session of the IAEA Board of Governors on September 19 and that further steps will be outlined for the solution of the issues still outstanding. In these conditions we see no grounds for the referral to the UN Security Council of the question which the IAEA is actively and productively concerned with at present.