Iran says disclosing suspected bomb blueprint shows good faith
TEHRAN (AFP) Nov 19, 2005
Iran said Saturday that its handing over of a document describing how to make what could be the explosive core of an atom bomb showed its good faith over its controversial nuclear programme.
The document, which Iran said came from a black market offer in 1987 that it never acted upon, gives "procedural requirements for ... the casting and machining of enriched, natural and depleted uranium metal into hemispherical forms," an International Atomic Energy Agency report said Friday.
The IAEA report "does not reveal a breach of trust in this matter, but settles for mentioning the complete transparence of Iran," Iranian Atomic Energy Agency vice chairman Mohammad Saidi said on state television.
Disclosure of the document raised new concerns about the nuclear programme, which Tehran says is a peaceful drive to produce electricity but the United States and Europe fear could be hiding the development of atomic weapons.
The report, which IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei is to present to a board of governors' meeting on Thursday, said Iran is still denying access to sensitive sites and information.
The governors will consider whether to refer Iran to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions for not complying with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.