Western Media Spin IAEA Report

by Jun 3, 2008Foreign Policy0 comments

The IAEA delivered a report to the UN earlier this week outlining remaining areas of concern with Iran’s nuclear program. The Western media has characterized this report as a damning criticism of Iran’s lack of cooperation and as presenting information supporting the US intelligence community’s assessment that Iran had an active nuclear weapons program until […]

The IAEA delivered a report to the UN earlier this week outlining remaining areas of concern with Iran’s nuclear program.

The Western media has characterized this report as a damning criticism of Iran’s lack of cooperation and as presenting information supporting the US intelligence community’s assessment that Iran had an active nuclear weapons program until 2003.

In fact, IAEA Secretary General Mohammed El Baradei noted yet again recently, at the World Economic Forum, that there is no proof that Iran now has or ever did have a nuclear weapons program.

“We haven’t seen indications or any concrete evidence that Iran is building a nuclear weapon and I’ve been saying that consistently for the last five years,” he said.

Documents detailed in the IAEA report were given to the IAEA by an anonymous third party. The identity of the providing nation was hinted at when it was revealed that the US had forbidden the IAEA from letting Iran see the documents.

Iran insists they are fabrications and the report notes that there are no other indications that Iran has ever diverted its efforts towards a weapons program.

While listing areas of concern and urging increased cooperation from Iran, it states, “It should be emphasised, however, that the Agency has not detected the actual use of nuclear material in connection with the alleged studies.”

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