IAEA director general says Iran is not cooperating

Iran is not providing the needed cooperation to the International Atomic Energy Agency to allow the agency to credibly assure the absence of undeclared nuclear activities, the IAEA's director general said on Monday.

Yukiya Amano made the remarks on Monday in Vienna, Austria, as part of his introductory statement to the IAEA's board of governors. Amano said that due to the lack of cooperation, the agency cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is for peaceful activities.

Amano said Iran was in clear contravention of resolutions adopted by the IAEA's board of governors and the U.N. Security Council.

"Iran continues to advance its heavy water related projects," Amano said. "The number of centrifuges installed by Iran also continues to increase, as does the amount of enriched uranium it holds. These activities are in clear contravention of resolutions adopted by the board of governors and the U.N. Security Council."

Amano said he hoped he would be able to report progress in clarifying outstanding issues related to Iran's nuclear program to the board in June. He said that despite intensified dialogue, progress was not possible in the last few months.

"Despite the intensified dialogue between the agency and Iran since January 2012, during which time ten rounds of talks have been held, no agreement has been reached on the structured approach document," Amano said. "To be frank, for some time now we have been going around in circles. This is not the right way to address issues of such great importance to the international community, including Iran. We need to achieve concrete results without further delay to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities."

Amano reiterated a request that Iran give substantive answers to the agency's questions and that the country fully implements its safeguards agreement and other obligations.