Tag Archives: IAEA

Interview with IAEA Director General on Iran

16 Jul

Yukiya Amano (right) is Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He replaced Mohammad El Bardei in July 2009 as the head of the organization.

For those who don’t know the organization, its part of the UN and its main task is described as the following:

The IAEA works for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. Its key roles contribute to international peace and security, and to the world’s Millennium Goals for social, economic and environmental development.

Amano recently gave a very interesting interview to the Russia Today about the IAEA’s dealings with Iran. Among the questions addressed are whether the IAEA would be able to detect Iran deciding to “breakout” in order to make a bomb, the impact of sanctions, as well as other related issues. Very interesting.

Iran: Where is the IAEA?

29 Jan

So was there or was there not an explosion at the Fordo site in Iran last week? 

According to a story published today in Times of London:

 An explosion is believed to have damaged Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility, which is being used to enrich uranium, Israeli intelligence officials have told The Times. Sources in Tel Aviv said yesterday that they thought the explosion happened last week. The Israeli Government is investigating reports that it led to extensive structural damage and 200 workers had been trapped inside.

But to make things more interesting, the Americans are contradicting this statement.

According to Reuters:

The United States does not believe media reports about an explosion at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Monday.

So who is right and who is wrong?

Well, first lets see if the Iranians are going to change their current official stance, which states “there was no explosion at Fordo“.

If there is no change there, then lets hear what the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to say about the alleged explosion.

The IAEA sends its inspectors to Fordo in Iran to check the quantity (ie. Kg) as well as level of uranium enrichment (ie.20%) at Fordo.

If for any reason they are blocked from visiting the Fordo during their next visit to Iran, then that could be interpreted as a sign that something is wrong.

But if they are allowed to visit as per usual and they find nothing has been changed or damaged, then WND which broke the story first is going to lose a lot of credibility. So is everyone else who said that there was an explosion in Fordo.

Iran and Israel Both Need the IAEA

20 Sep

Today Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) admitted that his country in the past had lied to the West about its nuclear capabilities. He made this comment during an interview with the Al Hayat newspaper. The interview, as can be expected got a lot of attention in Israel.

According to CBS, quoting the Times of Israel Davani stated:

“We sometimes [gave] false information to protect our nuclear sites and our earnings.”

The article then goes on to say:

“The Iranian vice president explained that they wanted to show they really didn’t have the power to achieve their nuclear ambitions to foreign intelligence.”

Was lying the logical thing to do for the Iranians?

Absolutely. Nobody expected that they would tell the truth to the West. This is why the IAEA was involved in the inspections and as Davani himself said that when they were confronted by the IAEA inspectors, they could no longer hide behind their lies.

This shows the importance of IAEA inspections in Iran. They have been very useful in checking Iran’s activities in places such as Natanz and the former secret site in Fordo which Iran initially tried to hide from IAEA. This is why the former head of the IAEA Mohammad El Baradei said that when it comes to Fordo, Iran was operating on the wrong side of the law.

What this admission tells us first and foremost is if it wasn’t for the IAEA we would know a lot less about Iran’s activities and that the Iranian government could continue to get away with its continued lies.

The message to the Israeli government: if you attack Iran unilaterally, you can kiss goodbye to years of inspection which has reached Iran’s enrichment sites and with that we can forget about justifying sanctions against the Iranian regime. That would be a victory for Iran.

At the same time the Iranian government should cease its attacks against the IAEA. Its recent allegations that  “terrorists had infiltrated the organization to sabotage the Islamic Republic’s uranium enrichment plants” are completely unfounded and self-defeating. It should also stop its threats that it could withdraw from the NPT because of the recent IAEA resolution against it. These are empty threats which no one takes seriously. Iran knows better than anyone else that doing this would make it far more economically and diplomatically isolated than it currently is. This is an existential threat which Khamenei would not risk taking.