Press TV - IAEA chief Mohamed
ElBaradei says he will step down if major powers
launch a military strike against Iran over its nuclear program.
According to Al Ahram, in an interview with Al Arabiya television, the
International Atomic Energy Agency Director General, said, "A military invasion
against Iran would pose great danger to the Middle East and the world."
Earlier this month, in his latest IAEA report over Iran's nuclear program,
ElBaradei certified the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in the
country's nuclear activities.
"Iran has provided the Agency with access to declared nuclear material and has
provided the required nuclear material accountancy reports in connection with
declared nuclear material and activities," the report read.
The report of ElBaradei's resignation comes amid widespread speculation that US
President George W. Bush is drawing up secret plans with the help of Israel to
launch a military strike on Iran before the end of his term in office.
With their blatant disregard for international reports conceding the peaceful
nature of Iran's nuclear activities, world powers have ramped up their rhetoric
against the Islamic Republic, accusing the country of running a covert nuclear
Iran has repeatedly asserted that as a signatory to the nuclear Non
Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it is entitled to enrich uranium for peaceful
purposes, adding that the country does not seek nuclear bombs as such weapons
have no place in its defense doctrine.
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