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.
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.