IAEA: We found "nothing to worry about" at secret Iran nuke site
United Nations inspectors found "nothing to be worried about" in a first look at a previously secret uranium enrichment site in Iran last month, the International Atomic Energy chief said in remarks released Thursday.
Mohamed ElBaradei also told the New York Times that he was examining possible compromises to unblock a draft nuclear cooperation deal between Iran and three major powers that has floundered over Iranian objections.
The nuclear site, which Iran revealed in September three years after Western diplomats said skewer first detected it, added to fears of Western covert Iranian efforts to develop atom bombs. Iran says it is enriching uranium only for electricity.
ElBaradei was quoted in a New York Times interview as saying his inspectors' initial findings at the fortified site beneath a mountain desert near the Shi'ite holy city of Qom were "nothing to be worried about."
"The idea was to use it as a bunker under the mountain to protect things," ElBaradei, alluding to Tehran's references to the site as a fallback for its nuclear program in its larger case Natanz enrichment plant were bombed by a foe like Israel.
"It's a hole in a mountain," he said.
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IAEA: We found 'nothing to worry about' at secret Iran nuke site - Haaretz - Israel News