The Straits Times
Published on Sep 10, 2012

UN atomic agency chief 'frustrated' by Iran


VIENNA (AFP) - The head of the United Nations (UN) atomic agency said on Monday that the lack of progress in getting Iran to address allegations of nuclear weapons research was "frustrating."

"Despite the intensified dialogue between the Agency and Iran since January 2012, no concrete results have been achieved so far," International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said at the start of an IAEA board meeting.

"This is frustrating because, without Iran's full engagement, we will not be able to start the process to resolve all outstanding issues, including those involving possible military dimensions to its nuclear programme.

"We consider it essential for Iran to engage with us without further delay on the substance of our concerns," Mr Amano said, according to the text of his speech released by the Vienna-based IAEA.