New Report Outlines Iran’s Nuclear Progress as Tehran Counterattacks with Misaligned Summit
The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has documented Iran’s continued progress towards attaining a nuclear weapons capacity. Iran more than doubled the number of centrifuges—from 1,064 in May to 2,140—installed in the Fordo uranium enrichment facility, which is buried deep under a mountain and hardened against a possible attack. Tehran claims to be enriching uranium to 20 percent for its nuclear research reactor, but inspectors have found uranium enriched as high as 27 percent, much closer to weapons-grade levels.
The latest IAEA quarterly report also charged that Tehran had “significantly hampered” the agency’s ability to inspect the Parchin military site where Iran is suspected of conducting tests on nuclear warhead designs. The IAEA has been much more energetic in pressing Iran for information on its nuclear weapons-related activities since Yukiya Amano replaced Mohamed ElBaradei as director general in 2009.
Not surprisingly, Iran has launched a propaganda blitz against the U.N. agency, including the kneejerk anti-western “nonaligned summit” that the radical Islamist regime hosted in Tehran. Iran sought greater international support for its efforts to dilute the power and effectiveness of the IAEA by expanding its decision-making board to include countries that would enable Iran to escape the consequences of its noncompliance with its nuclear nonproliferation obligations.