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The Iranian regime has provided the U.N. nuclear watchdog with information about detonators with possible use for making nuclear bomb, under an accord intended to allay concerns about the regime's nuclear program, state-run news agency ISNA claimed on Sunday.
There was no immediate comment from the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which for years has been trying to investigate Iranian regime research on how to make an atomic bomb.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) revealed in 2009 that the clerical regime in Iran is developing detonators capable of setting off a nuclear bomb.
Mr. Mehdi Abrishamchi, the chair of Peace Committee of NCRI said in a press conference in Paris on September 24, 2009 that the detonators, which use conventional explosives and are designed to ignite the uranium payload of a nuclear weapon, are being developed as prototypes at a secret site called Metfaz in a military zone about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Tehran.
He said the information was provided by the network of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from inside of the Iranian regime.
Diplomats in Vienna, where the IAEA is based, last week told Reuters they did not know whether the Iranian regime had so far given the U.N. body the requested information about fast-functioning Exploding Bridge Wire (EBW) detonators.
It was one of seven measures the regime agreed three months ago to implement by May 15 under a step-by-step plan for the IAEA to gain more insight into the nuclear work, but the first directly related to the U.N. body's long-stalled bomb probe.
State-run ISNA news agency said on Sunday that the "EBW report has already been submitted" to the IAEA, as well as updated design information about the planned Arak heavy-water research reactor, which was also among the seven steps.
ISNA added: "The implementation of all seven steps agreed with IAEA will be finalised this week."
The IAEA said in a 2011 report that Iran had told the agency that it had developed EBW detonators but, "Iran has not explained ... its own need or application for such detonators."
According to Reuters, western officials say information about detonators would be welcome but that Iran must do more in coming months to clear up concerns about its nuclear program.
Meanwhile official news agency in Iran reported on Sunday that international inspectors will visit two nuclear sites in the coming days.
The Sunday report by IRNA quotes Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman of the Iranian regime atomic organization, as saying the inspectors will visit a uranium mine and a uranium-thickening facility in Ardakan. The inspectors are from the United Nations atomic agency.
Iran News in Brief - 19 April 2015