Agency Says Iran Working On Nukes

Only hours after the nuclear agency of the United Nations said that it is attempting investigate allegations that Iran was working on nuclear weapons, an opposition group in Iran claimed it had information that showed the Islamic Republic was still working its way towards nuclear weapons.

The group, the National Council of Resistance in Iran, released its information in a press conference in Washington saying two explosive chambers had been built by the AzarAb industries for a project that was highly classified that just two Iranian officials were aware of.

These two chambers were used reportedly for explosive tests for the program.

Iran denies that it ever wanted or worked on nuclear arms. It has handed over information since February on just detonators, insisting that they had been used for exploring for oil or for purposes that were non-military.

The agency however says the information suggests they had been tested for use in nuclear weapons.

In February, Iran agreed to work together with the IAEA – the International Atomic Energy Agency. That was seen by many as willingness by the country to lower tensions over its program for nuclear weapons.

The agency suspects that Vycheslav Danilenko, a nuclear expert from Ukraine helped design the test chamber. That claim was denied by Danilenko.

The council’s record on nuclear activities in Iran is mixed when it comes to credibility.

It played a big part in revealing over a decade ago that the Iranian government had a nuclear program, but some other allegations it has had remain unproven.

The United States and allies say that no final agreement would be reached until after the IAEA says that it is satisfied with the inquiry that is taking place.

With the investigation by the IAEA currently stalled, the agency is not hopeful of reaching any conclusion before November 24.

A number of diplomats have said that if there is an agreement reached in constraining the uranium enrichment program of Iran as well as other activities that could be used to make nuclear arms, Washington would be willing to extend the current investigation by the IAEA.

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