IAEA mildly reprimands Iran over suspect nuclear sites

by Mark Fitzpatrick

“After more than a year of stonewalling about apparently undeclared nuclear material at a site in Iran—and months of refusing access to two other sites—the Islamic Republic of Iran could have been in for harsh condemnation when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors met on June 19.

Iran hawks in and outside the US government wanted a finding of non-compliance with Iran’s safeguards agreement with the IAEA and a report to the UN Security Council to buttress their campaign of “maximum pressure.”

Read the full article, originally published on June 22nd, 2020, by The Atlantic Council, here.

Mark Fitzpatrick

Mark Fitzpatrick

Mark Fitzpatrick is Associate Fellow for Strategy, Technology, and Arms Control at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). He was formerly the Executive Director of the Americas office of the IISS and Head of the Institute’s Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Program. He previously worked for 26 years in the U.S. Department of State. His research focuses on regional proliferation challenges and preventing nuclear danger in the era of "nuclear renaissance."
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