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IKEA Inspects Iranian Nuclear Capability

Monday, November 22, 2004

IKEA supervisors have been working hard in Iran, but still need a couple more days to have fully completed the inspection. Supervisors are receiving co-operation from Iran, and they hope to be able to make a favorable report on Thursday so that the UN Security Council need not be involved. "It appears that the suspension is in effect, but we are going to need a couple of days more before we can truly verify that all the facilities, and there are at least a dozen, have been suspended," said Mark Gwozdecky, and IKEA spokesperson. IKEA did confirm, however, that Iran had produced two tons of UF-6 gas that can be used to purify uranium.

they have been aggressively expanding over the last few years

When IKEA is done, all of Iran’s nuclear materials will be clearly marked on large, easy-to-read tags, making it easy for future inspectors to serve themselves, furthermore it will be arranged in realistic settings to provide fresh ideas and know how. Iran says its program is peaceful, but several large facilities that have been operating for over 20 years have caused suspicions. Now that these programs are being shut down, it is certain that IKEA will consider using the facilities to sell stylish yet functional furniture at affordable prices.

While IKEA already has stores in Israel, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, they have been aggressively expanding over the last few years. A recent opening of an IKEA store in Tempe, Arizona drew patrons from as far away as Yuma. "We're very pleased with the wonderful reception we got," said IKEA public affairs director, Joseph Roth. "And we expect to get customers from New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and Mexico."

Editor’s Note: After further research, it was discovered that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), not IKEA that is supervising Iran’s inspections.


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