Washington, June 8 — After a day of talks, the world’s international nuclear watchdog reported no success in bringing Iran back to the negotiating table on its nuclear program.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had hoped to convince Iran to agree to resume talks about allowing inspectors to visit sites where evidence has shown that the Islamic republic is building nuclear weapons, particularly at the Parchin military complex. The agency went so far as to provide written materials addressing Iran’s previous concerns.
International experts suspect Iran conducted high explosives tests at Parchin and then tried to clean up the evidence by removing buildings. Satellites photos have recently shown the Iranians were trying to remove evidence of illegal nuclear activity. (Factsheet on Parchin)
Iran also refused to set a new date for talks,” said Herman Nackaerts, global head of inspections for the International Atomic Energy Agency. Instead, “Iran raised issues that we have already discussed and other new ones,” Nackaerts said. “This is disappointing.”
Iran had previously promised cooperation with the IAEA to clear up accusations about its program.
Iran has said it is developing its nuclear program merely for civil and peaceful purposes despite increasing evidence to the contrary, including information contained in IAEA reports.
A day before Friday’s talks in Vienna, the Islamic Republic accused the nuclear watchdog of acting like a“Western-manipulated intelligence agency.”
Despite reports that Iran appeared to be more cooperative following recent talks in Baghdad about its program, Iran’s IAEA ambassador instead accused the nuclear body of overstepping its bounds.
Acting U.S. envoy to the IAEA Robert Wood said the remarks were "extremely unfortunate” and that "Iran needs to stop trying to undermine the integrity of the agency and its work and cooperate with the agency to answer all the outstanding questions with regard to its nuclear program.”
Talks between Iran and six world powers - Britain, the US, China, Russia, France and Germany – are still expected to be held June 18 in Moscow.
Iranian leaders have repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction, denied the Holocaust and expressed a willingness to share their nuclear know-how with like-minded entities. Iran also arms, funds and trains its proxies Hezbollah and Hamas, designated terror organizations that sit on Israel’s borders.