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.