IAEA concern focuses on bomb-related issues

While Iran is negotiating limits on its program with world powers, the IAEA has been pressing leaders in Tehran for years to address allegations that prior to 2003, and possibly since, they conducted research into the technology required to build a nuclear weapon.

The IAEA delegation is in Tehran mainly to receive answers on two issues: “Exploding bridge wire detonators,” which can be used in nuclear explosive devices, and the “modeling and calculations” on neutrons, the sub-atomic particles which trigger the fission of uranium, according to a report by Iranian news agency ISNA.

In its latest report on February 19, the IAEA says Iran has not provided “any explanation regarding the two outstanding practical issues.” But a spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency told state television on Sunday that “these two issues can be finalized during the visit of the IAEA delegation.”


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