US says it has ‘ongoing concerns’ about Iran’s nuke activities

Amid worries expressed by IAEA that Iran may be working on ways to turn enriched uranium into a nuclear warhead,the US has said it has "ongoing concerns" about Tehran's atomic activities.

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published: February 19, 2010 1:10:41 pm

Amid worries expressed by IAEA that Iran may be working on ways to turn enriched uranium into a nuclear warhead,the US has said it has “ongoing concerns” about Tehran’s atomic activities.

Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs,P J Crowley,noted that the latest report of IAEA on Iran was consistent with what the US has been saying about the country’s controversial nuclear programme.

He said it cannot be explained why Iran refuses to come to the table and engage constructively to answer the questions that have been raised.

“This was a periodic report that the IAEA puts out on Iran. This was the first report by Director Yukiya Amano,but also the first report since the revelation of the secret (nuclear) facility (of Iran) in Qom.

“There is no explanation for that facility that is consistent with the needs of a civilian nuclear programme,” Crowley told reporters yesterday in response to a question on the report from IAEA on Iran.

It characterises the way in which Iran has conducted its relations with the IAEA and its failure to satisfactorily explain what its activities and ambitions are in the nuclear sphere,he said.

“So I think the conclusions of the report are consistent with what the Secretary (of State Hillary Clinton) was saying in the region this week. We have ongoing concerns about Iran’s activities.

“We cannot explain why it refuses to come to the table and engage constructively to answer the questions that have been raised,and you have to draw some conclusions from that,” Crowley said.

The IAEA report also said that Iran managed to make a minute amount of near 20-per cent enriched uranium within days of starting production from lower-enriched material.

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