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11/26/09

UN Nuclear Chief: Negotiations With Iran at 'Dead End'

Source: VOA_ULR News

Mohamed ElBaradei says there has been no movement by Iran for some time on issues of concern about its nuclear program.


Iran's Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility south of Tehran

Iran says its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes

The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says his probe into allegations that Iran has tried to make nuclear weapons has reached a "dead end" because Tehran is not cooperating.

Mohamed ElBaradei says there has been no movement by Iran for some time on issues of concern about its nuclear program. He also says he is disappointed that Iran has not agreed to a U.N.-backed proposal under which Tehran would send its uranium abroad for further enrichment.

ElBaradei made his comments Thursday in Vienna to the governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

One day earlier, the outgoing IAEA chief rejected Iran's demand for changes to the uranium enrichment deal. He said Tehran's call for a simultaneous exchange of uranium for reactor fuel on Iranian soil is not an option.

He said shipping uranium out of Iran is key to defusing international concerns that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

ElBaradei's comments came as six world powers called on Iran to accept the uranium enrichment deal.

On Wednesday, Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said his country, France, Russia, China, Britain and the United States have drawn up a draft IAEA resolution urging Iran to provide more information on its previously secret uranium enrichment site near the city of Qom. Representatives were to present the resolution at the IAEA meeting Thursday in Vienna.

Iran has rejected Western charges that it is using a civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop atomic weapons. The U.N. Security Council has imposed three sets of sanctions on Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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