On the insistence of the Israeli Prime Minister, when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) went onto visit a secret atomic facility in Tehran, it discovered traces of uranium. Iran is yet to explain the origins and purpose of both the raw material and the ‘secret warehouse’.
IAEA is considered the watchdog for the United Nations and is an international organization that seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. It is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.
IAEA is now in the process of investigating the particles’ origin according to the diplomats who were in close touch of the day-to-day work of the 2018 project. Iran does not have any intentions of explaining itself, fueling the cold war between Washington and Tehran even further.
IAEA was pushed to take such an action, which is considered only in conditions where there are extreme measures to be employed, due to a possible threat against a nuclear attack or use of radioactive material. It was only when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had called on the IAEA to visit the site immediately, saying it had housed 15 kg (33 lb) of unspecified radioactive material that had since been removed.
However, IAEA sensibly took environmental samples which can still identify traces of radioactive material, long after its piles might have been removed. According to officials from IAEA, this has been the first time that Iran has been feverish in responding to its inquiries over the stocking of radioactive material, in a facility which was not declared to the UN watchdog. In the past, Iran has been more proactive to support and assist in inspections meets, whenever they happened. The process of seeking an explanation from Iran has lasted two months, the IAEA’s safeguards division chief and acting director, Cornel Feruta told member states of IAEA in a briefing recently. But Feruta described what the organization was really seeking ‘is an answer to far more generally as questions about Iran’s declaration of nuclear material and activities, since the details are confidential.’