Uranium enrichment is well underway in Iran, according to the latest report from the UN’s nuclear watchdog. Iran has not co-operated with the team of IAEA inspectors, which is led by Mohamed ElBaradei. As a result, they say it’s impossible to tell if the motive for the enrichment is a peaceful one. The news casts further doubt on the success of a joint enrichment deal between Russia and Iran:“On the one hand, we think that every country has the right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful means, but on the other hand, the international community has the full right to demand a 100 percent guarantee of the nuclear non-proliferation pact,” said Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Russian Federal Atomic Agency. Iran flatly denies that it plans to produce weapons, as many Western countries suspect, and says its nuclear programme is solely to generate power. But it’s facing sanctions from the UN Security Council if it continues to refuse to cooperate with inspectors. The Security Council will examine the report in detail next week.
The pressure mounts on Iran as UN nuclear watchdog report is revealed