Iran Nuclear NewsIran is not imminent nuclear threat: ElBaradei

Iran is not imminent nuclear threat: ElBaradei

-

AFP: Iran’s nuclear programme does not constitute an immediate threat, the head of the UN atomic watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, said in an interview published here on Sunday. AFP

MADRID – Iran’s nuclear programme does not constitute an immediate threat, the head of the UN atomic watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, said in an interview published here on Sunday.

“Iran does not represent an imminent nuclear threat,” ElBaradei told El Pais newspaper, explaining why the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) decided not to refer Iran to the UN Security Council for threatened sanctions over its nuclear programme.

“For the time being, the Iranian government has not prevented our inspectors from accessing any military building or installation. Until 2003, the Iranians sought to hide things. But their collaboration is good now,” ElBaradei said in the interview, given in Vienna on December 9.

“There is still one large military installation left to inspect. I hope that we will be able to access it soon, but there has not been any ban or negative response,” he said.

Iran is due on Monday to resume talks with European negotiators aimed at building on Iran’s agreement to suspend sensitive uranium enrichment activities that have sparked fears it is seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.

The two sides will be negotiating a long-term accord that includes “objective guarantees” Iran will not develop the bomb and a package of trade, technology and security incentives.

Iran has pledged to maintain its nuclear fuel cycle freeze for the duration of the negotiations.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is a peaceful one aimed at generating electricity, but the United States in particular suspects it of operating a covert atomic weapons programme.

Latest news

The World Must Acknowledge the Iranian People’s Right to Self-defense

Victor Hugo once said: “When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” Throughout history, this has been the...

Iran: 60% Of Population Is Poor

The livelihood baskets of the Iranian people are shrinking dramatically. This, in turn, has introduced new concerns to protect...

The implications of EU’s terrorist designation of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)

The European Parliament called on January 18 for the European Union to list Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a...

Iran’s Regime Is Hiding Human Rights Violations In Its Prisons

With more than four months into Iran’s latest round of nationwide uprisings, the brutality of the Iranian regime’s security...

How Internet Censorship Is Damaging Iran’s Economy

While in the last four months, internet access in Iran has been cut off or severely limited, the regime’s...

Iran Regime’s Upcoming Budget Bill Will Lead To More Protests

On January 12, the Iranian regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi handed over the country’s budget bill to the parliament.  According...

Must read

Girls as young as 9 living in the streets in Iran

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Oct. 21 – Girls as...

Iran FM to travel to Moscow as UN debates nuclear defiance

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 07 – Iran’s Foreign...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you