- Feb 2007
Heck, even if a HEPA vacuum is utilized, an inspected site might still hold certain residue. Indeed, many years ago Iran had done some hidden enrichment-related centrifuge research work at this one location, I believe in or near Tehran if I recall correctly. Some years later, and long after they did that work and removed the associated equipment, they took enourmous efforts to try to clean the place, so to speak. It appeared that they thought they had cleaned the place and surrounding property by scraping, scrubbing, deep chemical cleaning, and painting the structure inside and out, as well as removing and replacing the outside soil, concrete, pavement, including the vegetation. And yet, years later when inspectors took swabs inside and outside the facility they still found traces of uranium left over from those hidden activities, despite their efforts to clean the place. Plus, inspectors were able to figure out the actual mine source of the uranium itself, with high certainty, based upon other trace elements found from those swabs.Did you read my earlier post? Bibi directed the inspectors to a location where it was known that a small amount of uranium had been stored. Understand please, a record of this location was on hand, and the inspectors had free rein to do their job.
Traces of uranium, not enriched uranium but uranium, were found. Of course they were. Probably, unless the warehouse had been vacuumed with a HEPA vacuum some traces would remain.
The Iranians were compliant with the terms of the agreement. As for Bibi.....
He wants regime change and he wants the US to expend our blood and treasure to get it, like usual.
Nevertheless, I think that historic episode, as well as other documented IAEA inspector work, helps highlight the basic conclusion that IAEA inspectors most certainly tend to know what they are doing...of which is why, when there isn't an IAEA report which details the findings of supposed violations by countries regarding their nuclear programs, that tells me that certain claims that are not based upon actual physical evidence are quite suspect when there isn't a report which details those violations.