Commentary: Case against Iran is gaining strength

The world's nuclear watchdog agency has finally decided that, yes, it's apparently true — Iran wants to build a nuclear weapon. Slowly but surely, the case for taking stronger action against Iran for violating international rules against nuclear weapons development grows more compelling.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has bent over backward for years to avoid taking sides between Iran's critics and the government, which insists that it wants nuclear power only to generate electricity and for other, non-aggressive purposes.

The agency wanted to avoid the perception that its impartiality was politically compromised, but even the IAEA has finally realized that Iran is stalling. Claims of benign intentions are no more than a ruse designed to conceal the real purpose of the nuclear program.

According to The AP, a confidential IAEA report says investigators have become convinced that Iran's refusal to cooperate with the IAEA can only mean that it is trying to make a nuclear weapon.

"Altogether, this raises concerns about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile," said the report, which was sent to the U.N. Security Council.

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