January 11, 2016

IT'S A TRADE DEAL:

Iran rejects assessment by UN nuclear agency that it did past work on nuclear arms (GEORGE JAHN, 1/11/16, Associated Press)

Implementation day will come once the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency certifies that Iran has fulfilled its commitments, and diplomats on Monday told The Associated Press that could happen within a week. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to comment on the process.

Iran's Fars news agency reported a key step toward that goal, saying that technicians have dismantled the core of the Arak heavy water reactor on Monday and filled it with concrete.

The probe had to be formally ended as part of the July 14 nuclear agreement. The IAEA board closed the books on the investigation last month, even though Amano repeated an assessment he made in his final report on the issue in November that Iran worked on "a range of activities relevant" to making nuclear weapons, with coordinated efforts up to 2003 tapering off into scattered activities into 2009.

Iran's rejoinder, dated Jan. 7 and posted on the IAEA's website, will neither affect Amano's finding nor delay implementation of the deal, but its low-key language in disagreement with the agency assessment is in contrast to past bitter recriminations both against the IAEA and against the U.S., which has been among Tehran's most vehement critics for its alleged past weapons work.

Posted by at January 11, 2016 5:47 PM

  

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