ElBaradei to defend Iran plan at IAEA governors meet

The chief of the UN nuclear watchdog will tell sceptical nations on its governing board this week that Iran's pledge of atomic transparency should be given a chance to work, not dismissed as a time-buying ruse.

ElBaradei to defend Iran plan at IAEA governors meet
The chief of the UN nuclear watchdog will tell sceptical nations on its governing board this week that Iran's pledge of atomic transparency should be given a chance to work, not dismissed as a time-buying ruse.

After sparring with Washington over the plan and receiving a demarche from its closest EU allies, IAEA Director Mohamed ElBaradei said he would underline to the board that the deal marks an important step forward, not a damaging setback.

Western delegates said they were looking for ElBaradei to correct impressions left by the plan's text that the IAEA could make no more inquiries once historical questions were solved even if fresh suspicions arose, and excused Iran from UN demands to grant wider inspections or suspend enrichment.

ElBaradei said those perceptions were indeed incorrect. 'There has been quite a lot of misunderstanding,' he said.

The plan is a 'working document' to be built on, not a final treaty that precludes any measures not spelled out, he told reporters invited to a rare briefing on Friday.

He said he would also make clear the IAEA would insist on documentation and access to hitherto off-limits areas to check Iranian answers, a key measure missing from the plan.

'Whether Iran will walk out of this understanding, I don't know now. All we know is that Iran has committed to cooperating and clearing their name. We have to give them that chance.'

Reuters
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semi_canada
semi_canada - 12 yıl Before

,,,for sure, they will find another excuse this time, and disregard ElBaradei, as they want to continue persecuting Iran!