IAEA director-general Mohamed ElBaradei, addressing the agency’s board of governors today, thanked Iran for taking a step in the right direction in agreeing to a timeline to clarify outstanding questions, but said Iran must go beyond the limited UN plan for transparency and allows wider-ranging inspections. More importantly, ElBaradei called on Iran to suspend it uranium enrichment program as demanded by the UN Security Council.
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, told the state television network that it is impossible for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment activities. Larijani said even further UNSC sanctions will not change Iran’s stance.
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