Iran rejects IAEA reports of uranium traces at undeclared site

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday dismissed reports that the UN nuclear watchdog found uranium traces at an Iranian site that Israel previously described as a “secret nuclear store” and described them as a “trap”.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told member states on Wednesday in a closed-door briefing that they had found traces of uranium at the undeclared Iranian site, two months after a Reuters report first sampled and found traces of uranium. Diplomats at the meeting said it appeared to be the same site.

“The Zionist regime and Israel are trying to reopen … this file … We have declared that this is a trap … We hope the IAEA will remain vigilant,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in comments broadcast on state television.

Diplomats said the IAEA assured member states that the traces in February samples from the site were uranium processed without enrichment and that the explanations given by Iran so far had not been proven.

In 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited the IAEA to visit the site immediately and said it contained 15 kilograms of radioactive material that was later transferred. Netanyahu strongly opposes the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

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