Iran gets IAEA deadline

The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has given Iran a deadline of 31 October to prove that it is not trying to secretly develop nuclear weapons, as Washington accuses.

    Al-Baraday says it is in Iran's best interest to cooperate

    Speaking to reporters on Friday, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the agency would be keeping a close eye on Iran’s nuclear programme.

    "We are going to adopt a very vigorous approach, a very intensive approach to try to complete our work," IAEA director general Muhammad Al-Baraday said.

    Al-Baraday said the IAEA ultimatum was "sending a very powerful message to Iran that they need to cooperate fully and immediately and to show complete transparency".

    "We also need the support of other countries who have been supporting the Iran (nuclear) programme," Al-Baraday said.

    The IAEA needed to make sure it obtained "all the information we need", he added.

    Earlier, Iranian officials against any form of an ultimatum threatened to cease cooperation with the IAEA. But al-Baraday responded by saying: "I think they will get over that. I think they will understand it is in their interest to cooperate with us."

    "I need them to be pro-active, I need them to be transparent," Al-Baraday said.

    "We are not going to duck any issue but we are not going to jump to any conclusions," he added.

    SOURCE: AFP


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