Watchdog urges patience over Iran (BBC) 01/29/05 12:47 GMT)
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World leaders must not take rash action over Iran´s nuclear
programme, the head of the UN nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei,
"We need to exhaust all possible diplomatic remedies before the
international community can think of any other option," he told the
The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran is agreeing to
But the United States says Iran is using its energy programme to hide
the development of nuclear weapons.
"It [the inspection process] takes time," Mr ElBaradei told BBC World
"But as long as you´re making progress, as long as you don´t see any
imminent threat and we don´t see that today in Iran, I think we need
to exhaust all possible diplomatic remedies before the international
community can think of any other option."
France, Germany and the United Kingdom are trying to broker a deal
under which Iran would stop producing nuclear fuel in return for
political and economic incentives from the Europeans.
Speaking on the fringes of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland,
Mr ElBaradei said that North Korea presented a more imminent threat
of proliferation than Iran.
"To me, North Korea obviously is a much more serious issue right
now... Unlike Iran we know for sure that they have the nuclear
material that could go directly into a weapons programme," he said.
Multilateral talks on North Korea´s nuclear programme have stalled.
(© BBC MMV 01/29/05)
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