The United Nations nuclear watchdog has published its long awaited report on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Tehran had made important strides towards transparency, but that it had not resolved key questions and had dramatically escalated uranium enrichment. That is the part of its programme that most worries the West as it can have both civilian and military uses.
US State Department spokesman Tom Casey said Washington would push for more sanctions as it believed Iran was holding back.
“The Iranians only respond to pressure and when they feel like they are cornered, they try to make some surface level concessions to the international community,” said Casey.
Iran, however, said it had been vindicated by the UN report and there was now no legal basis for further discussion of its nuclear plans at the UN security council.