It will be difficult to prove military purpose of plan in Qum: expert

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 15 / Trend , T.Konyayeva/

It will be too difficult to prove that undeclared enrichment plant in the Iranian city of Qum has a military purpose, believes Shannon N. Kile, Senior Researcher Project on Nuclear Arms Control and Non-proliferation at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIRPI).

"In order to determine whether the plant had a military purpose, it will be necessary to determine whether it had administrative connections with the Iranian Ministry of Defence," Kile wrote to Trend in an email from Stockholm. "This would require the inspectors to have access to original documentation and to key plant personnel in order to investigate issues going beyond verifying the design information. In my view it is unlikely that Iran would agree to allow this access."

Last Monday, The Boston Globe reported that by postponing inspection of the plant in Qum to Oct. 25, Iran gets time to remove all evidence that all ongoing work at a nuclear facility is linked to the military program.

"For this reason, the inspectors should have almost immediate access to the site," the article said.

Kile believes the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards inspectors will be unlikely to determine whether the previously undeclared enrichment plant at Qum had a military purpose based on an inspection of the physical facility and its equipment.

"This will be the focus of the IAEA's work when inspectors arrive at the Qum plant to carry out a Design Information Verification inspection of the plant," the expert added from Sweden.

IAEA inspectors on Oct. 25 will arrive at the new Iranian uranium enrichment plant to ensure its peace mission, the IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei said during his visit to Iran.

There are no factors which demonstrate the military purpose of the uranium enrichment plant in Qum, so there is no reason to eliminate any evidence of this plant, according to Iranian expert Saeed Yari.

"All the activities at the nuclear station was and will be peaceful and will be implemented under the supervision of IAEA monitors," the Expert on nuclear program and the Chief Secretary of the Organization on Iran's national interest protection, Yari told Trend over telephone from Tehran.

He believes that the lack of information about security at the plant compared with other nuclear sites in Iran causes a lot of rumors in the Western media (with respect to its military purposes).

Shortly before Iran's meeting with the "six" countries in Geneva, the IAEA has confirmed the receipt of notification from Iran about the construction of the second uranium enrichment plant in its territory without notifying international organizations. The agency has demanded Iran to provide specific information and provide access to the new plant, located near the city of Qum, as soon as possible.

Kile believes one of important issues is that it will be interesting to see whether IAEA inspectors turn up any evidence that Iran had introduced nuclear material into the enrichment plant.

"Iran denies that it did this," Kile said. "If the IAEA detects the presence of nuclear material (for example, enriched uranium particles) there, then Iran will find it even more difficult to argue that its failure to declare the existence of the  plant until very recently was not a clear violation of its safeguards agreement with the IAEA."

5.2 mln Ethiopians in restive northern region need food aid - UN
5.2 mln Ethiopians in restive northern region need food aid - UN
Google leads U.S. business push to preserve work permits for H-1B spouses
Google leads U.S. business push to preserve work permits for H-1B spouses
Second batch of Sputnik V vaccine expected to be delivered to India by end of the week
Second batch of Sputnik V vaccine expected to be delivered to India by end of the week
Loading Bars
5.2 mln Ethiopians in restive northern region need food aid - UN
Improved coronavirus conditions lead to further relaxation of restrictions in Cyprus
Israel's annual inflation up 0.8 pct, highest in nearly 2 years
Chairs of Azerbaijani Parliament, Turkish National Assembly talk issues of mutual interest
COVID-19 kills 202 more Iranians over past 24 hours
Lithuania gifts 15,000 Covid-19 vaccines to Georgia
Turkey to gradually relax COVID-19 measures, normalcy in June
President Tokayev receives Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva made another post from Karabakh (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Germany's COVID-19 incidence rate drops below 100 for first time in two months
Georgia updates environmental targets with support from EU4Climate project
Azerbaijani FM, high-ranked EU official discuss Armenian-Azerbaijani border situation
Extra costs to air fares for PCR testing almost double flight cost - IATA
SOCAR to supply Rosneft’s oil products to Baltic states, Ukraine, Poland
Google leads U.S. business push to preserve work permits for H-1B spouses
Production of electric cars in Iran needs more motivation - ministry official
Azerbaijan, US exchange views on Armenian-Azerbaijani border situation
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens for May 14
Georgia negotiating with South African, Polish companies to manufacture military UAVs
Second batch of Sputnik V vaccine expected to be delivered to India by end of the week
London May cocoa expiry sees 72,230 tonnes tendered
Azerbaijan confirms 326 more COVID-19 cases, 1,262 recoveries
Azerbaijan names date of issuing tickets for UEFA EURO 2020 matches in Baku
Afghan president calls Azerbaijani president
Wizz Air joins airlines cancelling Tel Aviv flights
Georgia receives financing from WB toward cost of energy supply reliability
More Azerbaijani enterprises to export tomatoes to Russia
'Lancet report on India COVID-19 response another attempt to undermine developing country's ability to challenge big pharma's monopoly'
Kazakh telecommunications company opens tender to buy station for wells management
Russia reports 9,462 daily COVID-19 cases
Azerbaijani MoD names number of commissioned military units in liberated areas (PHOTO)
Total assets of INPEX rise in Q1 2021
INPEX sees decrease in net natural gas sales
INPEX Corporation increases net sales of crude oil
Turkish company Chalik Holding to build new wind farm in Georgia
No oil deliveries planned from Azerbaijan to Belarus in May
Revenues of Azerbaijan State Maritime Agency decrease
Kazakhstan's ERG eyeing more investments into future projects
Kazakhstan sees decrease in trade with Netherlands
Kazakhstan, France discuss fuel energy cooperation prospects
Georgia reports 1,390 new cases of coronavirus for May 14
France's Macron to go down in history as killer of OSCE Minsk Group
Airbnb bookings jump 52% as vaccinations spur vacation rental demand
SOCAR ready to share capacity of Southern Gas Corridor with Turkmenistan
Kazakhstan decreases exports to Hungary
Azerbaijani oil prices decline
Russian IrAero to launch flights to Azerbaijan soon
Zulfiya Khanbabayeva to be the next narrator of Nar's ‘Reading hour’ project (PHOTO)
Apple supplier Foxconn reports Q1 profit T$28.2 bln, beats estimates
Kazakh gas supply company opens tender for pipeline maintenance
Georgia reveals rating of its largest wine and spirits companies
Georgian Geofresh company eyes Europe, Dubai to expand exports
Georgian Adjara creating new platform for tourism development
Turkey discloses number of ships received by Tuzla port
Turkish ministry discloses volume of cargo handled through Bartin port
Sweden, WB supporting Georgia by addressing wastewater treatment challenges
IMF underlines successfully completed four-year extended program in Georgia
Georgia considers opening of land borders
UN Secretary General calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza Strip and Israel
Kazakhstan requires sustainable management practices for natural resources - UNIDO
Iran’s FM meets with Spanish counterpart
Kazakhstan reports 2,549 more COVID-19 cases, total at 353,140
Turkey reports 11,534 new COVID-19 cases, 5,083,996 in total
6.0-magnitude quake strikes off Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, no tsunami warning issued
Colonial Pipeline restarts entire pipeline system - company statement
Hamas launches 100 more missiles in direction of Ashkelon
More than 745,000 COVID-19 infections detected worldwide over past 24 hours - WHO
UN Security Council to hold open session on Israel and Gaza Strip on May 16
Oil prices drop as U.S. pipeline resumes operations
Latvia eases entry rules for vaccinated travelers
Three rockets launched toward Israel from Lebanon, no damage -Israeli military
Africa's COVID-19 cases surpass 4.66 mln
Over 500 residential buildings razed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza Strip
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry issues statement on tension on Armenian-Azerbaijani border
China's Qinghai donates anti-pandemic supplies to Kyrgyzstan
Azerbaijani FM talks tension on Azerbaijani-Armenian border with OSCE Chairman-in-Office
Georgian's commercial banks see increase in number of total loans
Azerbaijani, Russian FMs exchange views on tensions on Azerbaijani-Armenian border
Overseas election headquarters established at Iran’s foreign ministry
Sputnik V approved for use in Republic of Maldives
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens for May 13
Azerbaijan confirms 509 more COVID-19 cases, 1,427 recoveries
COVID-19 cases decrease in 80 Turkish provinces in a week
Tajikistan delegation to visit Uzbekistan on May 14
Gaza death toll jumps to 84 as Israeli air raids intensify
Musk decries bitcoin's 'insane' energy use after Tesla payment U-turn
Azerbaijani president got touched by National leader Heydar Aliyev's words about Shusha (VIDEO)
Azerbaijani president once again says at Jidir Plain in Shusha - Karabakh is Azerbaijan! (VIDEO)
EU countries urged to halt non-essential travel from India
U.S. weekly jobless claims fall
Gaza flare-up further weakens shekel
Georgia increases aviation fuel imports
Iran ready to have closer ties with Saudi Arabia, FM says
Azerbaijan’s import of goods from Italy down
Iran talks insurance data in its mining sector
Turkish ministry discloses volume of cargo handled through Mersin port
Georgia adopts new rule on forest use
Kazakh Senate adopts document on economic relations with Kyrgyzstan, within EAEU
Volume of chemical products exported by Turkey to Azerbaijan disclosed
KazTransOil completes connecting newly constructed sections to Uzen-Atyrau-Samara pipeline
All news