“ElBaradei urges Iran to cooperate and West to share intelligence on ‘hyped’ nuclear threat”

“ElBaradei urges Iran to cooperate and West to share intelligence on ‘hyped’ nuclear threat”
September 1, 2009
     In an interview, IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei reiterates his position that there is no concrete evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program, although he calls for more transparency from Iran. In a thinly veiled critique of the US and other Western states, ElBaradei urges IAEA member states to share their intelligence when making accusations of NPT violations. ElBaradei also stresses the need for multinational control of the nuclear fuel cycle in order to prevent proliferation [previously covered here], stating that non-nuclear weapon states should be expected to cooperate on such nonproliferation initiatives if the US and Russia reduce their stockpiles to 1,000 warheads each (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists).
     ElBaradei has previously stated he had a “gut feeling” that Iran was pursuing a nuclear-weapons capability [previously covered here], but his description of the Iranian nuclear threat as “hyped” in this interview has gained the attention of media in both the West and Iran. The Jerusalem Post points out that ElBaradei has been accused by Israel and the US of withholding evidence against Iran [previously covered here] and writes that Israeli officials expect ElBaradei’s successor, Yukiya Amano, will be more sympathetic to Israel’s concerns (Jerusalem Post).
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | Jerusalem Post

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