The International Atomic Energy Agency chief said Thursday that his probe of allegations that Iran tried to produce nuclear arms is at "a dead end" because Tehran is not cooperating. According to the AP, Mohamed ElBaradei also criticized Tehran for not accepting a plan meant to delay its ability to make such weapons.
"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 program," ElBaradei told the opening session of the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors. "We have effectively reached a dead end, unless Iran engages fully with us."
ElBaradei has emphasized the need for talks instead of threats in engaging Iran. "I am disappointed that Iran has not so far agreed to the original proposal" involving removal of most of Iran's enriched stockpile, ElBaradei told the meeting. Tehran's approval "would greatly help to alleviate the concerns relating to Iran's nuclear program," he added.