URANIUM PARTICLES FOUND AT UNDECLARED SITE IN IRAN, U.N. AGENCY SAYS


12/11/2019




İrem UZUN -TDO- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found uranium particles at a site in Iran that had not been declared by the Iranian authorities. A confidential report did not say exactly where the site was, but inspectors are believed to have taken samples from a location in Tehran's Turquzabad district. Iran has not responded to the report, but it has previously said the site was a carpet cleaning factory and served no clandestine purpose.

The disclosure was the first time the agency acknowledged in the confidential report that allegations made by the U.S. and Israel against the Islamic Republic are true. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has previously described the location as a "secret atomic warehouse." Israel has alleged that material at the site comes from an Iranian military program involving work on nuclear weapons, while Iran denies pursuing nuclear weapons and says its program is peaceful.

The IAEA's report also confirmed Iran had resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordo facility, breaching another commitment under its landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Enriched uranium can be used to make reactor fuel but also nuclear weapons. Iran invited inspectors from the IAEA to Fordo to see its work. The 2015 nuclear deal had called for Fordo to become a research center, but it is now home to more than 1,000 centrifuges. Inspectors found as of Nov. 3, the country’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium was 372.3 kilograms (820.78 pounds) compared to 241.6 kilograms reported on Aug. 19, and past the 202.8-kilogram limit.


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