IAEA Safeguards Reports on Iran and Syria

Posted: September 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

September 6, 2010

IAEA Safeguards Reports on Iran and Syria

Below please find the links to the latest IAEA reports on Iran’s nuclear program and Syria, issued today in Vienna. ISIS will be posting a brief analysis of the Iran report later today.

IAEA Safeguards Report on Iran

IAEA Safeguards Report on Syria

ISIS is also releasing a report today calling for an IAEA special inspection in Syria:

If Not Now, When? Time for an IAEA Special Inspection in Syria 

Glyn Davies, the United States Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, said recently that the time for a special inspection in Syria is fast approaching. Syria was secretly building a nuclear reactor in the Dair Alzour region before it was bombed by Israeli jets in September 2007. In an August 6, 2010 Wall Street Journal report, Davies noted that it has been “years since the IAEA had its one crack at this. And it came away with more questions than answers.” Indeed, Syria continues to deny it even had a reactor under construction. Although Syria allowed the IAEA to partially inspect this site once in June 2008, it has answered very few of the IAEA’s questions. It has repeatedly denied the IAEA’s requests for additional information or access again to the reactor site and to a number of other suspect sites.

Davies added, “We as shareholders in the system need to talk about this and find the way forward for the Agency and to help the [IAEA’s] Director General.” Because of Syria’s refusal to cooperate, and the possibility that the reactor was part of a nuclear weapons effort, Davies is right. The IAEA Secretariat and its Board of Governors should start the process of calling for a special inspection. Without adequate Syrian cooperation, the November 2010 Board of Governors meeting should call for one.

View the full report here: If Not Now, When? Time for an IAEA Special Inspection in Syria


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