U.N. Nuclear Agency Opted Against Sensitive Iran Report


Fredrik Dahl and Louis Charbonneau
Reuters
February 27, 2014

IR-40 facility in Arak.

IR-40 facility in Arak. / Photo by Nanking2012, via Wikimedia Commons

The U.N. nuclear watchdog planned a major report on Iran that might have revealed more of its suspected atomic bomb research, but held off as Tehran’s relations with the outside world thawed, sources familiar with the matter said.

Such a report – to have been prepared last year – would almost certainly have angered Iran and complicated efforts to settle a decade-old dispute over its atomic aspirations, moves which accelerated after pragmatic President Hassan Rouhani took office in August.

According to the sources, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has apparently dropped the idea of a new report, at least for the time being.

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