Iran 'failing to come clean on weapons'
The UN’s chief nuclear inspector, Mohamed ElBaradei, voiced his exasperation yesterday at the slow pace of the international inquiry into Iran’s nuclear programme. He contradicted Iran’s assertions that it was cooperating fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency and declared that the jury was still out on whether Iran was building a nuclear bomb. Opening a session of the 35-strong IAEA board in Vienna, the sixth consecutive such board meeting in 15 months to focus on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Mr ElBaradei showed impatience with Tehran’s brinkmanship and blocking tactics. “We can’t go on for ever,” he complained, accusing it of refusing to disclose the full extent of its uranium enrichment activities, despite more than a year of UN inspections of its facilities. He also said Iran had not yet satisfactorily explained traces of enriched uranium found last year on its equipment by the inspectors. Full Story