by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, Arutz 7
Iran continues to snub the United Nations and has produced 2.8 tons of enriched uranium, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported Monday.
Iran previously enriched uranium to a five percent grade, but increased the purification level to nearly 20 percent last February.
U.S. President Obama has claimed that harsher sanctions against Iran have affected Iran, but the latest nuclear report indicates that the sanctions, which may be hurting Iran economically, have not stopped it from enriching the key ingredient for a nuclear bomb. Americans officials said Monday they are “worried” by the IAEA report.
The IAEA added that the Islamic Republic refuses to allow UN inspectors into the country, noting it recently took away the rights of two experienced inspectors to monitor Iran’s nuclear projects after they reported that Iran conducted undeclared nuclear experiments. Iran claims it barred entry to the inspectors because their reports were not accurate.
Iran recently began operating the Bushehr nuclear reactor, in addition to the Natanz nuclear facility. It has increased production of low-enriched uranium by 15 percent since May, despite harsher sanctions placed by the United Nations and the United States.
CNN and the French news agency AFP said they obtained the confidential IAEA report, which reputedly stated, “Based on an overall analysis undertaken by the agency of all the information available to it, the agency remains concerned about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed nuclear-related activities involving military-related organizations, including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile.”
The agency told the media that previous inspections revealed that several seals had been broken on equipment at Natanz. Iran claimed that the breakages were “accidental.”
The “repeated objection by Iran to the designation of inspectors with experience in Iran’s nuclear fuel cycle and facilities hampers the inspection process,” the report said, according to AFP.