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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 107

Statement by IAEA Director General on New U.S. Intelligence Estimate on Iran

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 06 December (Asiantribune.com): The International Atomic Energy Agency released the following statement on new U.S. Intelligence Estimate on Iran which the U.S. for the first time acknowledged that Iran ceased her development of nuclear program in 2003.

The Bush administration in recent times has taken a hawkish attitude toward Iran. Until the Intelligence Estimate, jointly done by 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, the White House has reiterated that Iran was developing a nuclear program.

At the time American forces invaded Iraq the Bush administration believed that Sadham Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD) which later turned out to be false.

Following is the complete statement of the IAEA:

“IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei received with great interest the new U.S. National Intelligence Estimate about Iran´s nuclear program which concludes that there has been no on-going nuclear weapons program in Iran since the fall of 2003. He notes in particular that the Estimate tallies with the Agency´s consistent statements over the last few years that, although Iran still needs to clarify some important aspects of its past and present nuclear activities, the Agency has no concrete evidence of an ongoing nuclear weapons program or undeclared nuclear facilities in Iran.

”The Director General believes that this new assessment by the U.S. should help to defuse the current crisis. At the same time, it should prompt Iran to work actively with the IAEA to clarify specific aspects of its past and present nuclear program as outlined in the work plan and through the implementation of the additional protocol. This would allow the Agency to provide the required assurances regarding the nature of the program.

“While calling on Iran to accelerate its cooperation with the Agency, in view of the new U.S. Estimate, the Director General urges all parties concerned to enter without delay into negotiations. Such negotiations are needed to build confidence about the future direction of Iran´s nuclear program - concern about which has been repeatedly expressed by the Security Council. They are also needed to bring about a comprehensive and durable solution that would normalize the relationship between Iran and the international community.

“The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) serves as the world's foremost intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the peaceful use of nuclear technology. Established as an autonomous organization under the United Nations (UN) in 1957, the IAEA carries out programs to maximize the useful contribution of nuclear technology to society while verifying its peaceful use.”

- Asian Tribune -

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