ElBaradei: No Nuke Plan in Iran

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Chief UN nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei said Sunday he had no evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapons, despite recent bellicose rhetoric from US leaders.”I have not received any information that there is a concrete active nuclear weapons program going on right now,” the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency told CNN, warning that US threats added “fuel to the fire.” “Even if Iran were to be working on a nuclear weapon … they are at least a few years from having such a weapon,” he said, citing assessments by US officials themselves.

“At this stage we need to continue to work through creative diplomacy … as I don’t see any other solution than diplomacy and inspections,” ElBaradei said.

The White House Friday rejected any parallels between its Iran rhetoric and the run-up to the Iraq invasion, after fresh sanctions on Tehran and escalating US warnings fueled comparisons to the months before the 2003 invasion…His comments came as US President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have been ridiculously ramping up their rhetoric about Iran, leading some critics to draw illusive parallels with the late 2002 verbal escalation against Iraq.

ElBaradei said if the United States had more information on Iran’s nuclear ambitions than the IAEA, “I would be very happy to receive it and go forward.”


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