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December 6, 2015 9:53 am

Watchdog: Atomic Agency Report Verifies Existence of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program

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A mushroom cloud. The IAEA report on the PMD of Iran's nuclear program indicates it is military. Photo: Wikipedia.

A mushroom cloud. The IAEA report on the PMD of Iran’s nuclear program indicates it is military. Photo: Wikipedia.

The existence of Iran’s nuclear weapons program was verified last week, according to a statement issued Friday by the New York-based watchdog United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI).

The statement, signed by UANI CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace and Chairman Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, was a response to the Dec. 2 release of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on the possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program.

“The IAEA report is disturbing as it reveals that Iran continues to act as a nuclear weapons outlaw,” the statement began. “It exposes that, at minimum, Iran continued nuclear weapons development through 2009. Notably, the IAEA could not describe the extent of Iran’s nuclear weapons program after 2009 because Iran failed to answer basic questions and provide requested information.”

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It goes on: “Iran’s intractable refusal to offer transparency regarding its illegal nuclear weapons program is the latest wakeup call regarding the dangerous nature of the Iranian regime. Iran’s defiance regarding its nuclear weapons program is yet another grave risk factor for countries, businesses and persons who would seek to renew business ties to Iran. No responsible country, business or person should risk renewed business with Iran.”

Explaining the impetus for the IAEA investigation and the significance of its conclusions, UANI quoted excerpts from the IAEI report, titled “Final Assessment on Past and Present Outstanding Issues Regarding Iran’s Nuclear Programme,” a document drawn up in the framework of the nuclear deal — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — between Iran and the P5+1 world powers in July.

From 2002 onwards, the Agency became increasingly concerned about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear related activities involving military related organizations, including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile. Reports by the Director General identified outstanding issues related to possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme and the actions required of Iran to resolve these. The 2011 Annex provided a detailed analysis of the information then available to the Agency. The information indicated that Iran had carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device. The information also indicated that prior to the end of 2003, these activities took place under a structured programme, and that some activities may still have been ongoing.

The United Nations (UN) Security Council (‘Security Council’) has affirmed that the steps required by the [IAEA] Board of Governors in its resolutions are binding on Iran. Between 2006 and 2010, six Security Council resolutions were adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter and are mandatory, in accordance with the terms of those resolutions… In particular, in its resolution of June 2010 (1929), the Security Council reaffirmed Iran’s obligations, inter alia, to cooperate fully with the Agency on all outstanding issues, particularly those which gave rise to concerns about the possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme, including by providing access without delay to all sites, equipment, persons and documents requested by the Agency.

The Agency’s overall assessment is that a range of activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device were conducted in Iran prior to the end of 2003 as a coordinated effort, and some activities took place after 2003… The Agency has no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009.

The IAEA report comes on the heels of two separate threats from Tehran – in the form of an ultimatum – that if the international community persisted in examining the PMD of Iran’s nuclear program, there would be no implementation of the JCPOA.

The first was expressed by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and key nuclear negotiator Abbas Aragchi, in a televised interview on Nov. 26, according to Iran’s semi-official state news agency Fars.

The second was issued on Nov. 29, according to pro-regime Tasnim News Agency, by Iranian Foreign Minister and chief negotiator of the JCPOA Mohammad Javad Zarif, during a joint press conference with his Greek counterpart.

Zarif, who said these were instructions from Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, also called the investigation misguided, claiming his country’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

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  • RC

    “The IAEA has finally retired the Iranian nuclear military use folder with a unanimous vote which clears the way to removing most of the sanctions. It has been a long day in coming, but the wooden stake was put through the vampire hearts of all the Iran haters with the IAEA declaring it had found no military use of Iranian nuclear technology.”
    First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/12/19/nato-nuclear-scam-on-iran-now-carved-in-stone/

    Too many damned idiots here sucking up the bs. Iran has never been warring nation but the US has always been.

  • Tina

    there was another article stating Iran didn’t have nuclear weapons so tell me who’s right..

  • I am so surprised.

  • Sarah

    No surprise….anyone with a brain (which excludes a number of commenters here) has seen that the direction Iran has consistently been going in is towards nuclear weapons and their delivery systems–which is why they just violated a clause of the accord by testing short range ballistic missiles. Iran snookered the West again, and when their constantly extending hegemony cuts off oil to the West, you won’t be able to stop them. And yes, they do plan to destroy Israel–you simply have to heed their constant calls for Israel’s destruction. s for this nonsense: “the IAEA has found zero evidence of any weapons related research for a half dozen years now.” That’s because the Iranians have hidden their programs and refused to allow international inspections of sites we DO know about, like Parchin. Gullible, aren’t you?

  • MKhattib

    . The Iranian regime’s word is not worth the paper it is written on, as proven again and again by the regime’s record of serial violations of international law and instances of cheating. Yet the Obama administration presses on, believing that somehow things will be different this time. It is demonstrating the truth of a quote widely attributed to Albert Einstein: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

  • Michael O’Connor

    So Mr President Obama what are you going to do about this latest information from the Watchdog: Atomic Agency Report Verifies Existence of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program?, we all know your feelings towards Iran, the DEAL speaks volumes about how you think and behave (very weak indeed)well i can answer my own question you will do exactly NOTHING that is what happens when a President is WEAK.

  • I doubt that very seriously but even if true,understandable.Iran finds itself existing in a very dangerous,nuclear-armed neighborhood and a target of greedy robber-barons lusting after their resources.

  • jakob wasi

    Give it a break. Israel, especially that gasbag Netenyahu has Iran fever on the brain. Say what you will Tehran is not about to nuke the Zionist state.

    • Abe Bird

      Are you talking as Iranian?

  • “”From 2002 onward, the Agency became increasingly concerned about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear related activities involving military related organizations, including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile. “”

    “”The Agency’s overall assessment is that a range of activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device were conducted in Iran prior to the end of 2003 as a coordinated effort, and some activities took place after 2003… The Agency has no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009.””

    So, the report actually says that somebody told then that Iran had a potential nuclear program in 2002 (who might that be?), and that after after a dozen years of Iran providing all IAEA required inspections, including their research work on the potential development of a weapon, the IAEA has found zero evidence of any weapons related research for a half dozen years now.

    So, in the meantime Israel is not committed to any IAEA non-proliferation protections for the planet, and was recently reported to have 115 (minimally) nuclear weapons under Bibi’s thumb.

    That’s scary.

    BTW, no weapons program was confirmed, only research into a weapons dimension from their peaceful nuclear program, something Israel did about fifty years ago. LOL.

  • Reform School

    Iran promises not a PEACEFUL WORLD, BUT a PIECEFUL world!
    How mny pieces will it take to arouse the media?

  • Right! It is pretty obvious where Iran is heading, assuming that it has not already arrived. Barack Hussein Obama you can forget about. So where do we go from here?

    I am certain that Israel is not sitting back to see what will happen. She just does not talk. But with the stated threat to her existence she must also have her finger on the trigger. She just ain’t sayin nothin. Let Khamenei have sleepless nights.

  • Abiodun A. Ali

    It will not be a thing of schock to (eventually) hear that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, what will shock me is to know that the world was not prepared. Well however this turns out, now is all we have got and the actions of the IAEA, UN Security Council, USA, Israel etc, will determine the level of devastation or order that prevails after the big answer to all our questions “is I ran developing nuclear weapons?”. If I were these organizations mentioned earlier, I would take the words of a muslim friend of mine seriously (while we argued whether Iran develops nuclear weapons) when he said according to some Iranian precept; a messiah will come (similar to Christians belief in the return of Jesus) for whom they must acquire military might that he may conquer the world. I wondered which world and to my shock they meant “our world” (not some deep space world). It downed on me like a vision; unimaginable worthless bloodshed (I immediately shook my head vigorously and shouted “God Forbid”). my strong advice: ALL AVAILABLE ORGANIC AND SYNTHETIC EYES ON IRAN.

  • nelson marans

    Does the finding have any influence as far as Obama being concerned Iran could explode an atomic weapon without any condemnation from our always right president and if it were on Israel, so much the better.

  • steven L

    Probably, knowing the evil, it is still going on, deep under another mountain.
    Peaceful nukes and ICBMs.

  • Herb

    If you believe anything Iranian is peaceful when it comes to nukes then I have a good deal on the Brooklyn Bridge. That is if the American Palestinians are thru protesting and waving the Palestinian flag. These are very troubled times.

  • Constance Jackson

    Sounds Like We Got Talking 2 IRAN Just In Time. We Must Keep Pressure On. Better Now Than When We Had NO AGREEMENT n Weren’t Even Talking. Realize There R Ppl In High Places TRYING 2 BRING ON ARMAGEDDON. Bush Was 1. Daesh Another. All Crazies MUST B STOPPED From Bringing ARMAGEDDON About.

  • Emily F. Korzenik

    The Iran deal was a mistake from the beginning. At what point I wonder will our president recognize his folly? I can only hope it will be before the president releases frozen Iranian funds

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