IAEA director-general releases new report on Iran

Iran remains resistant to providing the necessary cooperation to officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency related to the country's nuclear material, the IAEA's director general said on Wednesday in a new report.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano issued the report, entitled "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of the Security Council resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran," to the agency's board of governors and the the U.N. Security Council. The report addressed developments since Amano's previous report on February 21.

Amano said that the agency has been unable to provide assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran due to a lack of cooperation from Iran.

"While the agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material at the nuclear facilities and LOFs (locations outside facilities where nuclear material is customarily used) declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement, as Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation, including by not implementing its Additional Protocol, the agency is unable to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities," Amano said.

According to the report, despite ten rounds of negotiations since January 2012, the agency has yet to reach agreement on a stuctured approach document with Iran related to its nuclear activities. The agency considers it urgent and essential for Iran to engage with the IAEA on these issues.

Amano urged Iran to implement its obligations and communicate with the IAEA on the conduct of its nuclear program.

"The director general continues to urge Iran to fully implement its Safeguards Agreement and its other obligations and to engage with the agency to achieve concrete results on all outstanding substantive issues, as required in the binding resolutions of the board of governors and the mandatory Security Council resolutions," Amano said.