‘UN Hides Evidence of Iran Nuke'

The UN nuclear watchdog is withholding data on Iran's attempts to obtain nuclear arms, Western sources said.

Avraham Zuroff,

Iranian Shahab 3 missile
Iranian Shahab 3 missile
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is withholding data on Iran’s attempts to obtain nuclear arms, Western and Israeli diplomats told a Hebrew-language newspaper. The officials said that the U.N. nuclear weapons watchdog hasn’t published evidence that its inspectors obtained over the last several months that Iran was attempting to develop or obtain nuclear weaponry. The sources told Haaretz that the evidence was published in a classified report signed by IAEA heads in Iran.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry and Dr. Shaul Horev, director-general of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, are also pressuring the IAEA to release the report.

IAEA director-general Mohamed ElBaredei denies that Iran is developing nuclear weaponry. However, the latest IAEA report stated that Iran has made it difficult for inspectors to verify Iran’s non-military use of nuclear energy. “At the end of 2008, there remained a number of outstanding issues that need to be clarified since they give rise to concern about possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program,” the July 28 report stated.

Peres: Israel Won’t Tolerate Nuclear Iran
Israeli President Shimon Peres met with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday afternoon and told him that Israel would not tolerate a nuclear Iran. He also asked Medvedev to put more pressure on Iran to cease its nuclear activities.

“A nuclear weapon in Iranian hands would be a flying death camp,” Peres said, comparing the Iranian threat to the Nazi death camps which exterminated six million Jews in the Holocaust. Medvedev promised that Russia was opposed to a nuclear Iran and was not interested in a regional arms race.

Iranian television announced Tuesday evening that nuclear official Ali Asghar Soltanieh denied making any statements saying Iran was ready to enter into negotiations with the West over its nuclear program. Earlier in the day, state television quoted him as saying Iran was ready to take part in negotiations “based on mutual respect.”

“Iran’s main policies are not changed and that is to pursue its peaceful nuclear activities within the framework of the IAEA,” Soltanieh said, denying the earlier report.

Meanwhile, the United States is speeding up plans for production of a monstrous 15-ton bunker-buster bomb that can reach nuclear facilities in Iran and North Korea, even if they are buried as deep as 200 feet underground.