Addressing a meeting in Vienna of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors, Mohamed ElBaradei said the Agency “is not yet in a position to conclude that there are no undeclared nuclear materials or activities in Iran.”He noted that the normally time-consuming process of determining the facts would take even longer with respect to Iran, given the country’s past pattern of concealing its nuclear activities.“A confidence deficit has been created, and confidence needs to be restored,” the IAEA chief told the 35-member Board. “Iran’s active cooperation and full transparency [are] therefore indispensable.”He also reported that progress has been made in assuring that there are no undeclared enrichment activities in Iran and in assessing the extent of Tehran’s efforts to import, manufacture and use centrifuges. At the Agency’s request, Iran has agreed to let IAEA experts analyze samples taken from centrifuges and centrifuge components in the countries they came from as a basis for comparison. The aim is to “confirm the actual source of contamination and the correctness of statements made by Iran,” Mr. ElBaradei said. The IAEA has also generally been able to verify that Iran has suspended its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities, although more work is required to fully assess the situation.Speaking to reporters before briefing the Board, the IAEA chief sounded a note of cautious optimism. “We understand much better Iran’s programme now, but as I have stated before, the jury is still out on our ability to provide assurance that everything has been declared to us.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Suspect in fatal stabbing of GDF rank turns self inJanuary 2, 2019In “Crime”4 years jail for teen who killed trio in accidentJuly 9, 2015In “Crime”Corentyne triple murder: Fourth suspect chargedSeptember 22, 2016In “latest news” Accused: Kamal Matthews also called “Son”The accused in the Philippe murder of Guyana Defense Force (GDF) lieutenant Mark Bagot was on Monday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Whim Magistrate’s Court to answer to the capital offence.Kamal Matthews also called “Son”, 26, of Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on December 23, at Philippe, Corentyne he unlawfully killed Mark Bagot.Matthews is being represented by Attorney at law Chandra Sohan.Magistrate Renita Singh has set January 21, for the accused to return to court when the police will present a progress report.Scores of residents from the Black Bush Polder and also from the Village of Philippe were present during the proceeding on Monday.Murdered: Mark BagotAt the time of the incident Bagot was reportedly sharing a drink with a friend at the Beer Garden when an argument ensued between Bagot and the suspect over the purchasing of “Guinness”.Bagot was subsequently stabbed during a confrontation.He was taken to the Port Mourant Hospital treated and transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he succumbed to his injury.On Wednesday last, Matthews, who was being sought by the police, turned himself in accompanied by Sohan to the Whim Police Station.