Iran: Search for nuclear weapons was a failure, United Nations says


Some Iranian students gather as they protest at the Imam Khomini’ airport in Tehran on January 29, 2012 during the arrival of the team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors. The IAEA team arrived on a mission to clear up what it called 'outstanding substantive issues' on Tehran's nuclear programme, the official IRNA news agency said. The UN atomic watchdog's chief inspector, the Belgian Herman Nackaerts, is leading the IAEA delegation that is scheduled to hold talks with Iranian officials from later Sunday to Tuesday, the report added.



The International Atomic Energy Agency said that its search for nuclear weapons in Iran was a disappointment because Iranian officials were uncooperative. In a press release on its website, the IAEA said it was unable to access Parchin, a key facility where Western intelligence agencies think that nuclear testing occurred. 

IAEA officials said they couldn't come to a basic agreement with Iran about how it would conduct the investigation. “We engaged in a constructive spirit, but no agreement was reached,” IAEA director Yukiya Amano said in the press release.

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The United Nations agency has repeatedly confronted Iran with documents from Western intelligence agencies alleging that Iran is creating nuclear warheads, the Washington Post reported. Iran has been dismissive about the charges and claimed that the documents were forged. But while Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denied that the country has any nuclear weapons, military general Mohammad Hejazi has hinted otherwise, the Post said.   

And the wife of slain Iran nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Rosha had told Fars News Agency that "Mostafa's ultimate goal was the annihilation of Israel."