IAEA releases report on Iran's nuclear program
The International Atomic Energy Agency Vienna made public June 19, its report on "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran." At the outset of the report, which was first issued June 6, the IAEA Board of Governors Chairwoman called on Iran to co-operate fully with the Agency in its on-going work, reported the Washington File.
Specifically, she said the report calls on Iran to permit the IAEA to take environmental samples. She said the report also urged Iran to "promptly and unconditionally conclude and implement an additional protocol to its Safeguards Agreement, in order to enhance the Agency's ability to provide credible assurances regarding the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities, particularly the absence of undeclared material and activities."
In Washington, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said on June 19 that President Bush welcomes the IAEA report, and views it as "international reinforcement of the President's message yesterday that the world, broadly speaking, joins together in fighting proliferation and making certain that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons." — (menareport.com)
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