UN Authority Figures

UN Disarmament Commission Vice-Chairman: Iran

United Press International, via Newscom
United Nations inspectors found 1,300 centrifuges running smoothly at the Natanz nuclear plant on Sunday..." The New York Times, May 15, 2007

Mission of the UN Disarmament Commission: "The Disarmament Commission should continue to play a unique role within the mechanism on disarmament as the only body with universal membership for in-depth deliberations on relevant disarmament issues... the substantive agenda of the Disarmament Commission should normally comprise two agenda items...including one on nuclear disarmament..." (UN Disarmament Commission web-site, "Decision 52/492 Report of the Disarmament Commission")

Iran's Term of office: April 2007 -

Iran's Record on Disarmament:
"Since May 2007, Iran has continued to test single centrifuge machines, the 10- and 20-machine cascades and one 164-machine cascade at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP). Between 17 March and 22 July 2007, Iran fed 14 kg of UF6 into the single machines...Since February 2007, Iran has fed approximately 690 kg of UF6 into the cascades at the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP)....As of 19 August 2007, twelve 164-machine cascades were operating simultaneously and were being fed with UF6; one other cascade was operating without UF6; another cascade was being vacuum tested; and two more were under construction...[T]he [International Atomic Energy Agency] remains unable to verify certain aspects relevant to the scope and nature of Iran's nuclear programme. It should be noted that since early 2006, the Agency has not received the type of information that Iran had previously been providing, including pursuant to the Additional Protocol, for example information relevant to ongoing advanced centrifuge research...Contrary to the decisions of the Security Council, Iran has not suspended its enrichment related activities, having continued with the operation of PFEP, and with the construction and operation of FEP. Iran is also continuing with its construction of the IR-40 reactor and operation of the Heavy Water Production Plant...." ("Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran", Report by the Director General, GOV 2007/48, August 30, 2007)