Director General Mohamed Elbaradei Addresses Verification Challenges at the Symposium on International Safeguards (Excerpts)

October 16, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Related Country: 

  • Iran

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Right now in Iran, without the [additional] protocol, we cannot look into R&D activities that do not directly involve nuclear material, although R&D is very important to give us a projection of Iranian capacity building.

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One of the new issues we are facing today arose in Iran. If you are going to reconstruct the history of a programme that has been undeclared for 20 years, even the additional protocol measures are not sufficient. On the one hand, a country is fulfilling the legal dimensions but on the other hand you are not moving forward in providing the required assurances to the international community. Hence we have been talking about transparency measures in certain situations: interviewing people, having access to documents, things that are not strictly required by the additional protocol but without which we cannot move forward.

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