UN Watchdog Wants Visit to Iran’s Nuclear Facilities
The International Atomic Energy Agency’s chief says he wants to send a team of experts to Iran following a report outlining evidence that Tehran may be trying to build a nuclear bomb.
International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano said he hopes Tehran will respond positively to his request for an expert visit, made to the head of the Iranian atomic energy agency earlier this month, to see whether Iran’s controversial nuclear program has “possible military dimensions.”
“I hope a suitable date can be agreed [upon] soon. It is essential that any such mission should be well planned and that it should address the issues contained in my report,” said Amano.
Released last week, the IAEA report provides the agency’s strongest evidence to date that Iran may be heading toward building a nuclear bomb. Amano referred to the report in opening remarks to the agency’s board in Vienna. World powers on the board later in the day issued a resolution expressing “deep and increasing concern” about Iran’s nuclear intentions.