The IAEA's Diligent Investigation of Iran's 'Atomic Archive'

March 20, 2019


Mark Fitzpatrick

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Associate Fellow and Former Executive Director, IISS-Americas


International Institute for Strategic Studies

Criticisms of the IAEA’s handling of the nuclear archive uncovered by Israeli agents in Iran display a misunderstanding of the agency’s rules and procedures, says Mark Fitzpatrick. The IAEA has a duty to carry out a thorough, impartial investigation.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is ‘working diligently’ to pursue the voluminous documents that Israel last year obtained about Iran’s past nuclear-weapons-development efforts. So said US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson in her keynote presentation opening the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington on 11 March.

Thompson’s praise for the IAEA’s efforts are in contrast to the demands by a few critics that the IAEA move faster to review and take action on the documents. These critics appear to have a poor understanding of the agency’s role and rules.


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