The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed El Baradei expressed “serious concern” that lack of cooperation was hampering his organization’s efforts to determine the nature of Iranian nuclear program. Baradei’s report sent to the UN Security Council (UNSC) said that Iran had neither suspended nuclear enrichment nor complied with all of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
IAEA said that there was little building up enrichment capacity at Natanz but were unable to fully assess the country’s enrichment-related research and development activities.
Baradei said that “lack of Iran ’s readiness to resolve these issues” such as denying access to “some records at an enrichment plant” is stopping the agency “to make further progress in its efforts to provide assurances about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran .” However, Baradei has confirmed that all materials have been accounted for.
The IAEA has once again given a negative assessment on Iran ’s cooperation although it does say that it does not see any cause to be alarmed. As the world continues to sandbox itself further, the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has left the door open for consideration a new offer from Iran in its negotiation with the West over the disputed nuclear program. Rice ominously warned that sanctions will follow if “if this does not work out.” Iran had told European diplomats that it may be willing to temporarily stop its uranium enrichment program, perhaps for two months, while negotiating with the US and other world powers. While Iran has not formally proposed the alternate formula, Rice is willing to consider this as a framework for discussion