TEHRAN - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohammad ElBaradei on Sunday underlined that Israel poses the number one threat to the Middle-East region as it is in possession of large stockpiles of atomic arsenals.
"I assure you that we will take proper measures in this regard and that all countries will try to stop the production of weapon grade nuclear materials and wipe them off to guarantee development, stability and security in the world," ElBaradei said in a joint press conference with Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi here in Tehran today.
"I don't agree just with the elimination of nuclear weapons but I want all kinds of weapons, including chemical weapons, and other kinds of the weapons should be eliminated," he added.
The senior UN diplomat reiterated that the stability, development and security of the world depend on the elimination of the said weapons.
Elsewhere at the news conference, the IAEA Chief said the row over Iran's new enrichment plant, under construction in Fordo South of Tehran, could be solved through diplomacy.
"It is important for us to have comprehensive cooperation over the Qom site," he said. "We had dialogue, we had talks on clarification of the facility in Qom, which is a pilot enrichment plant," the head of the world nuclear body stressed
ElBaradei arrived in Tehran on Saturday to meet with the nuclear officials of the Islamic Republic and other senior officials.
Earlier on the day, the IAEA head met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Source : FNA
October 05, 2009