Source Pravda.Ru

Iran may still be hiding something atomic

Iran is not being fully open with U.N. inspectors about its nuclear program and may still be hiding something from the international community, Germany's designated foreign minister said on Thursday.

"There is a lack of transparency. That is clear," Frank-Walter Steinmeier said of Iran at a conference on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. "We still have some suspicions that there are developments being pursued (by Iran) that go against this principle."

Iran concealed its uranium enrichment program, which could be used to develop atomic weapons, from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for 18 years, fuelling fears among Western countries that Tehran has a covert nuclear weapons program.

Iran denies pursuing nuclear weapons and insists its nuclear program is aimed solely at the peaceful generation of electricity. It has also refused a U.S.-backed offer by Germany, France and Britain of political and economic incentives if it scraps its uranium enrichment program.

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei hopes a deal will be reached within days that will defuse the standoff over Iran's nuclear program, the nuclear watchdog said in a statement issued at its Vienna headquarters.

Steinmeier, who is expected formally to replace outgoing Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer later this month, said Tehran had a right to a peaceful nuclear energy program but must assure the world that it is not pursuing atom bombs, Reuters informs.

V.Y.

Comments
Russian women to be allowed to work as train drivers and pilots
A glimpse into the past and the future
How many aircraft and pilots Russia has lost in Syria so far
A glimpse into the past and the future
On the collapse of civility in Western nations: living in the era of 'not nice'
NATO to strike Russia through Suwalki Corridor
NATO to strike Russia through Suwalki Corridor
Russia to ship S-300 to Syria after Il-20 shootdown
How many aircraft and pilots Russia has lost in Syria so far
Russia to ship S-300 to Syria after Il-20 shootdown
Roscosmos contractor steals millions, state secrets and flees to USA
How many aircraft and pilots Russia has lost in Syria so far
This is a liberation fight from the Soviet EU
USA punishes China for purchasing arms from Russia
USA punishes China for purchasing arms from Russia
USA punishes China for purchasing arms from Russia
USA punishes China for purchasing arms from Russia
This is a liberation fight from the Soviet EU
How Russia can respond to Israel following Ilyushin Il20 shootdown
South Korean President finds DPRK people eating sturgeon at fancy restaurants
On the collapse of civility in Western nations: living in the era of 'not nice'