Thursday, March 18, 2004

Mohammed ElBaradei

Mohammed ElBaradei claims that he is not sure whether or not Iran is trying build nuclear weapons.

The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency says he has no "specific proof" that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. "The jury is still out," Mohammed ElBaradei told members of Congress.

Choosing his words carefully - he said a careless statement could make the difference between war and peace - the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency said U.N. inspectors were seeking to determine whether Iran has a nuclear weapons program.

"I have to be certain," ElBaradei told lawmakers Wednesday. He also called at the White House and suggested to President Bush that the United States talk directly to Iran about its nuclear program.

"Clearly, it is an idea that they will have to mull over," ElBaradei said after the 45-minute meeting with Bush followed by a session with Condoleezza Rice, the president's national security assistant. "In my view, they will mull it over and see if it is useful."


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