IAEA chief briefs board on Iran

18 June 2007

Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has briefed the IAEA Board of Governors on nuclear safeguards in Iran.

ElBaradei said "it is incumbent on Iran to work urgently with the Agency, under a policy of full transparency and active cooperation, in order for the Agency to be able to provide assurance regarding the exclusively peaceful nature of all of Iran´s nuclear activities."

Regarding the implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions, he said that he was "increasingly disturbed by the current stalemate and the brewing confrontation - a stalemate that urgently needs to be broken, and a confrontation that must be defused. I continue to believe that dialogue and diplomacy are ultimately the only way to achieve the negotiated solution foreseen in the relevant Security Council resolutions.” He concluded: “The earlier that conditions are created to move in this direction, the better.”

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