Iran nuclear deal means world may never know extent of its weapons program

The full extent to which Iran pursued nuclear weapons technology may never be known after the United Nations nuclear agency on Dec. 15 closed its investigation of Teheran’s program.

As part of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreed to formally end the investigation.

A resolution was approved by consensus of the 35-nation board of the IAEA even though director Yukiya Amano told the board his investigation couldn’t “reconstruct all the details of activities conducted by Iran in the past.”

Amano said in November that Iran’s work on “a range of activities relevant” to making nuclear weapons continued until at least 2009.

Iranian IAEA delegate Reza Najafi trotted out Teheran’s usual denial of a nuclear weapons program, saying the Islamic republic’s nuclear activities “have always been for peaceful civilian or conventional military uses.”

“Nothing has changed,” said Israel’s IAEA delegate, Merav Zafary-Odiz. “All the indicators for the existence of a clandestine nuclear weapons development program in Iran … are still valid.”

Full article: Iran nuclear deal means world may never know extent of its weapons program (World Tribune)

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