IAEA: Iran Broke Law By Not Disclosing Nuclear Facility

By: (CNN)
By: (CNN)

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) — Iran broke international law by not disclosing sooner its recently revealed uranium enrichment site, the head of the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog agency said.

But the U.N. does not have credible evidence that Iran has an operational nuclear weapons program, Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Tuesday.

“Iran has been on the wrong side of the law in so far as to inform the agency at an earlier date,” ElBaradei told CNN’s sister station in India, CNN-IBN. “Iran was supposed to inform us on the day it was decided to construct the facility. They have not done that.”

Still, he said, “I do not think based on what we see that Iran has an on-going nuclear weapons program.”

His comments came ahead of an expected meeting Thursday between Iran’s nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, and representatives of the five permanent U.N. Security Council members, plus Germany.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland.

Last week, Iran wrote a letter to the IAEA revealing the existence of the facility. The admission prompted U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Britain and France to publicly chide the Islamic republic and threaten further sanctions.

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