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Dialogue Can Fill Iran-West Trust Gap: ElBaradei

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 17 (ICANA) – Former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei says the trust deficit between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear program can only be bridged through negotiation.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 8:20:44 PM
Dialogue Can Fill Iran-West Trust Gap: ElBaradei

The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said no country in the world says or believes Iran has nuclear weapons, and the West is just worried that Tehran might decide to acquire such weapons in the future, IRNA reported on Tuesday.

Addressing a conference in Estoril, Portugal, ElBaradei denounced the policies adopted by the administration of former US president George W. Bush towards the Middle East and said all efforts to ease tensions between Tehran and Washington had failed due to such policies.

Concerns were expressed over Iran's nuclear program while Bush called Iran “the axis of evil” and called for negotiations with Tehran while making attempts to change the country's government, the former Egyptian diplomat explained.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has so far adopted four rounds of sanctions against the Islamic Republic under intense pressure from the US claiming that Iran's nuclear program may have potential military applications.

In addition to UNSC sanctions, the US administration has taken unilateral measures against Iran, seeking to prevent the country's access to refined oil products and to penalize foreign companies that help the country's energy sector.

ElBaradei, seen as a main candidate in Egypt's upcoming presidential elections, described Cairo's severance of ties with Tehran as an error.

He said his country now seeks to restore relations with Iran and that both countries will be opening embassies soon.

The 2005 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate also called for a world free of nuclear weapons.

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