by Rick Moran
In a confidential report to member states, the IAEA says that Iran has increased its stockpile of refined uranium gas 8% over the last two months - a clear sign that the Islamic Republic has no intention of stopping its enrichment program.
It's not even clear that they intend to slow it down. The Iranians continue to add centrifuges to their main enrichment facility at Nantanz, which accounts for the increase.
The report also charges Iran with failing to adequately address the belief that they have worked on an atomic bomb design.
The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency said Tehran had still not provided information it was due to produce more than two months ago to help advance a long-running IAEA inquiry into suspected nuclear weapons research.To go ahead and ink a deal when the IAEA says they're not sure Iran isn't trying to construct a bomb is irresponsible. Given the president's domestic problems, he probably thinks he needs this :historic" deal to cement his legacy. Iran still hasn't agreed to the intrusive inspection regime that the western powers want in order to keep an eye on the Iranian nuclear program. That too, may be jettisoned if Obama thinks it stands in the way of a deal.
The confidential document was issued to IAEA member states less than three weeks before the Nov. 24 deadline by which Iran and six global powers are seeking to end a decade-old standoff over the Islamic Republic's atomic activities.
"Iran has not provided any explanations that enable the agency to clarify the outstanding practical measures," it said.
The IAEA was referring to two steps that Iran had agreed to carry out by late August, by providing information concerning allegations of explosives tests and other activity that could be used to develop nuclear bombs.
Iran denies any intention of seeking atomic weapons, saying its nuclear programme is aimed at generating electricity.
The U.N. agency said the two sides last met on Nov. 2 in the Iranian capital and had agreed to meet again as soon as possible, but not before Nov. 24. "There is no progress, basically," one diplomat familiar with the Iran file said.
The continuing deadlock in the IAEA's investigation suggests that any renewed headway will probably have to wait until after the negotiations between Iran and the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia are concluded.
Iran wants the talks to lead to a removal of international sanctions on its oil-dependent economy, but Western officials say it must step up cooperation with the IAEA to help clarify longstanding concerns about Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
No wonder the president doesn't want the Senate voting on this turkey.
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