The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reached a “dead end” in verifying the nature and objective of Iran’s nuclear programme, says the outgoing chief of the UN body Mohamed El Baradei.
“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 programme,” El Baradei told the 35-member board meeting of the IAEA.
“We have effectively reached a dead end, unless Iran engages fully with us,” he added.
Iran has stated that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but other European nations, including France and the United Kingdom, believe that Tehran is out to build a nuclear bomb in violations of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
El Baradei stressed that he was “disappointed” that Iran had not accepted the plan supported by the US, Russia and France for sending abroad its low-enriched nuclear fuel to be processed and turned into fuel that could be used in reactor to produce medical isotopes.
“I am disappointed that Iran has not so far agreed to the original proposal or the alternative modalities, both of which I believe are balanced and fair and would greatly help to alleviate the concerns relating to Iran’s nuclear programme,” he said.