Iran and Syria's alleged nuclear activities are high on the agenda for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board, when it starts meeting on Monday in Vienna, but no action against them is expected for now, diplomats said.
As Western board member states are undecided over how much pressure to apply, and as diplomats' attention is focused on unrest in Arab countries, the IAEA body is unlikely to take action before its next meeting in June, they said.
The IAEA recently received new information concerning possible military nuclear activities in Iran, it said in a report late last month, without giving details.
The report also highlighted previous allegations about seven Iranian research or development projects for a nuclear warhead that officials in Tehran have refused to explain. Iran says the intelligence is fabricated.My question: why bother funding this useless pack of weaselly feckwits?
A Western diplomat said the new report was more precise than previous ones, but added that "it does not contain a new element, especially concerning possible military dimensions, that would justify a resolution."
In its Syria report, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said the country has not allowed additional inspections either of a suspected nuclear reactor that Israel bombed in 2007, or of three possibly related sites that his inspectors have not yet visited...
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