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ElBaradei Says Iran Probe At ‘Dead End’

From a gob-smacked Associated Press:

IAEA chief: Iran investigation at ‘dead end’

By George Jahn, Associated Press Writer

November 26, 2009

VIENNA – The International Atomic Energy Agency probe of Iran’s nuclear program is at a dead end because Tehran is not cooperating, the chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Thursday in an unusually blunt expression of frustration four days before he leaves office.

Mohamed ElBaradei also warned that international confidence in Iran’s assertions of purely peaceful intent shrank after its belated revelation of a previously secret nuclear facility. And he criticized Tehran for not accepting an internationally endorsed plan meant to delay its achieving the ability to make nuclear weapons.

"There has been no movement on remaining issues of concern which need to be clarified for the agency to verify the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program," ElBaradei told the opening session of the IAEA’s 35-nation board of governors. "We have effectively reached a dead end, unless Iran engages fully with us."

"Issues of concern" is the IAEA term for indications that Tehran has experimented with nuclear weapons programs, including missile-delivery systems and tests of explosives that could serve as nuclear-bomb detonators.

ElBaradei has emphasized the need for talks instead of threats in engaging Iran. He has criticized the U.S. for invading Iraq on the pretext that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear weapons program, which has never been proven. That — and perceived softness on the Iran issue — has drawn criticism from the U.S. and its allies that he was overstepping his mandate.

But ElBaradei’s comments Thursday left little doubt that he was most unhappy with Tehran.

"I am disappointed that Iran has not so far agreed to the original proposal" involving removal of most of Iran’s enriched stockpile, ElBaradei told the meeting…

Impatience with Iran has been fueled by Tehran’s September revelation that it had secretly been building a new enrichment facility. In a possible pre-emptive move, Iran notified the IAEA in a confidential letter only days before the leaders of the U.S., Britain and France went public with the project…

A perusal of IAEA records shows that Tehran’s chief envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, told the agency’s board last year that his country "has repeatedly declared that there is no undeclared nuclear material and activity in Iran" — at the time when construction of the secret nuclear facility was in full force.

What a joke Mr. ElBaradei is and has always been. A dangerous one.

As is the IAEA.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “ElBaradei Says Iran Probe At ‘Dead End’”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Dingle”Barry” will coax Ahmanutsack back to the negotiation table by offering up some Infidels for Eid Al-Adha. Being he is such a good Mooselimb and such.

    This “probe” was at a dead end from the beginning and we here were not fooled. Dingle”Barry” is the fool he projects himself to be around the world.

  2. Tater Salad says:

    El Baradei is only in it for a paycheck. His religion will not allow him to squeal on another Muslim or his family will die sometime in the future.

  3. m0j0 says:

    surprise surprise surprise there is a very large amount of not learning history and repeating the same mistakes going on lately

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