IAEA dismisses Israel-French accusations on Iran as baseless

Mohamed ElBaradei delivered a rare public comment on the International Atomic Energy Agency's inspections work.

IAEA dismisses Israel-French accusations on Iran as baseless

The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief on Monday rejected Israeli and French accusations that he has hidden information about Iran's atomic programme as groundless and said they should stop immediately.

Mohamed ElBaradei delivered a rare public comment on the International Atomic Energy Agency's inspections work.

In an address opening a meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation Board of Governors, ElBaradei said all information on its Iran investigations released so far had been vetted for substance and the agency would stick to that standard of objectivity.

"I am dismayed by the allegations of some member states, which have been fed to the media, that information has been withheld from the Board. These allegations are politically motivated and totally baseless," he said.

"Such attempts to influence the work of the (IAEA's non-proliferation inspectorate) and undermine its independence and objectivity are in violation of ... the IAEA Statute and should therefore cease forthwith."

ElBaradei said Iran last month complied with IAEA requests for tighter monitoring of its Natanz enrichment plant.

"On other issues relevant to Iran's nuclear programme, however, there is stalemate," he said.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared on Monday Iran would continue uranium enrichment and never negotiate on its obvious rights to a sovereign nuclear energy sector.

U.S. President Barack Obama has given the Islamic Republic until later in September to take up a six-power offer of talks on trade benefits if it shelves enrichment, or face stiffer sanctions, something the major powers are likely to consider in talks at the United Nations later this month.


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