Time out call on Iran

30 January 2007

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei called for a “timeout regarding the Iranian nuclear issue,” saying he hoped talks could resume on the matter.

He said the timeout would include Iran freezing its nuclear programme while the UN Security Council temporarily suspends sanctions that took effect last month.

“I call on all parties to take a simultaneous timeout,” ElBaradei said. “Iran should take a timeout from its enrichment activity, the international community a timeout from the application of sanctions, and parties should go immediately to the negotiating table.” ElBaradei added that the key to the Iranian issue is a direct engagement between Iran and the US, saying that he hoped to be able to report positively to the agency´s board on the implementation of nuclear safeguards in Iran on 5 March.

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