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UN Nuclear Watchdog Expresses Impatience With Iran


http://gdb.rferl.org/58708224-a026-4bf8-875c-9b9cb3cdd239_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/58708224-a026-4bf8-875c-9b9cb3cdd239_mw800_mh600.jpg Muhammad el-Baradei, head of the IAEA (AFP) 7 December 2005 -- The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says that the world is growing impatient with Iran over its nuclear activities.


IAEA chief Muhammad el-Baradei's remarks were carried in the 7 December edition of the Arabic newspaper "Al-Hayat."


El-Baradei said the world is worried that Iran could develop nuclear weapons. He also said that possible military intervention is not a solution to the problem.


El-Baradei called on Iran to halt its uranium enrichment activities because, "when a state is able to do that, it only needs a few months to produce a nuclear weapon."


France's Foreign Ministry said on 7 December that recent statements by Iranian authorities risk "jeopardizing" a planned resumption of international talks on Iran's nuclear program.


(AFP/Reuters)

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