US accuses Iran of nuclear weapons deceit

The US accused Iran of “cynically” pursuing nuclear weapons today, saying Tehran’s claims that its aims were peaceful constituted wilful deceit of the world.

The US accused Iran of “cynically” pursuing nuclear weapons today, saying Tehran’s claims that its aims were peaceful constituted wilful deceit of the world.

Jackie Sanders, chief US delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors in Vienna, was responding to an IAEA update on Iran’s nuclear record after more than two years of examination by the agency.

Sanders characterised the IAEA report as a “startling list of Iranian attempts to hide and mislead and delay the work” of agency experts probing the country’s nuclear activities.

“The IAEA is still not able to provide assurances that Iran is not pursuing clandestine activities at undeclared locations,” Sanders declared.

Tehran, she said, was guilty of “cynically” manipulating the Non-proliferation Treaty and related programs “in the pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

The IAEA review noted that while Iran allowed inspectors an initial visit to the Parchin military complex in January, the experts’ visits were limited to one site and only five buildings on that site.

A new request to revisit another part of the site was refused by Iran on Sunday, the report added.

Washington alleges that Iran may be testing high-explosive components for nuclear weapons, using an inert core of depleted uranium at Parchin as a dry run for a bomb that would use fissile material.

Iran asserts that its military is not involved in nuclear activities, and the IAEA has found no firm evidence to the contrary.

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