November 7, 2011 |
United Nations nuclear inspectors have concluded that Iran has acquired the technical means to design a nuclear weapon and would require about six months to enrich uranium to the quality needed for a bomb if it decided to do so, according to officials familiar with the evidence. Evidence of advances in Iran's research is expected to emerge this week in a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.'s Vienna-based nuclear watchdog. The IAEA report provides no "smoking gun" proof that Iran's government intends to build a nuclear weapon, said a European diplomat.
November 23, 2006 |
The international community tentatively decided late Wednesday to halt financial support for a controversial nuclear reactor in Iran that could be used to help produce plutonium for atomic bombs, but to continue to fund seven other Iranian civilian nuclear projects. The decision to stop funding was a victory for Western countries that suspect Iran's ultimate goal in its nuclear program is to build a bomb.
June 4, 2008 |
Syria has told fellow Arab countries that it will not permit an International Atomic Energy Agency probe to extend beyond a site bombed by Israel, despite agency interest in three other suspect locations, diplomats said Tuesday. The agency's main focus during its June 22-24 visit to Syria is a building in the country's eastern desert that was destroyed by Israeli jets in September. IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei announced Monday that Damascus had agreed to an agency check of U.S.
March 4, 2005 |
A 35-nation meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday called North Korea's nuclear posturing a threat to peace and urged the communist nation to return to negotiations and let the agency resume its monitoring activities. The threat North Korea presents is "a serious challenge ... to peace and stability in Northeast Asia" and to attempts to control the spread of nuclear weapons, the United Nations watchdog agency said in a statement issued at the end of the meeting.
October 5, 1999 |
Thorough inspection of Japan's nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency and review of the "extremely unusual" procedures that led to last week's accident in Tokaimura could restore shaken public faith in that country's nuclear program, the U.N. agency's spokesman asserted Monday.
June 28, 2007 |
U.N. inspectors headed to North Korea's key nuclear reactor today for the first time since 2002 to discuss plans to shut the plutonium-producing facility under an international accord. Olli Heinonen, deputy director general of the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency, said his team would tour the Yongbyon facility, about 60 miles north of Pyongyang, the capital, and discuss arrangements for verification of the reactor shutdown and monitoring.
November 19, 2005 |
Iran offered limited information in response to requests from the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency for greater transparency and access to sensitive sites associated with the country's nuclear program, according to a report released Friday. Meanwhile, a top U.S. official indicated Friday that the Bush administration would find acceptable a compromise under which Iran would process uranium and then send it to Russia for enrichment into nuclear fuel for civilian use.
August 10, 2005 |
Confronting an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran on Tuesday vigorously defended its right to pursue nuclear energy programs and European diplomats said they intended to offer Tehran one last chance to back down. But there was no sign that Iran's new hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, intended to reverse his decision to restart the uranium conversion plant at Esfahan.
February 4, 2006 |
Iran warned Friday that if the International Atomic Energy Agency votes to report its nuclear program to the United Nations Security Council, Tehran will rebuff a proposed Russian compromise and start enriching large quantities of uranium on its own soil. The comments were made as 35 member nations of the IAEA board of governors deliberated for a second day a resolution to report Iran to the council. Russia's ambassador to the agency, which is the U.N.'