Iran shows ‘utter disrespect’ for UN atom body

VIENNA – Iran is showing “utter disrespect” for the U.N. nuclear watchdog by ignoring unanswered questions about its atomic programme, European powers said on Thursday. Officials close to the International Atomic Energy Agency said last week its inquiry into suspected atom bomb research by Iran had degenerated into a standoff with neither side speaking since September, soon after Iran asserted “the matter is over”.“(This has been) two months of utter disrespect for the agency and members of this board,” Britain, France, and Germany said in a statement to the IAEA’s 35-nation governing body.British Ambassador Simon Smith, delivering the “EU-3” statement, said some on the U.N. nuclear executive were originally confident Iran would cooperate with the probe.“Iran’s dismissive response to these expressions of confidence is all too starkly set out in the report before this board, with its unmitigated record of refusal to cooperate,” the statement said.Iran’s denial of an IAEA request to check design details at a research reactor under construction and its failure to provide preliminary design data for a nuclear power plant planned at Darkhovin were of particular concern, he said.Iran’s programme was dangerous because it “continues and intensifies a threat to the stability of a troubled region”, the statement said.Iran says it is enrich… >>>

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