ElBaradei wants EU to do more to resolve Iran nuclear crisis
MADRID, May 18 (AFP) May 18, 2007
UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei wants more European involvement to resolve the crisis over Iran's push to gain nuclear capacity, the Spanish government said Friday.
ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, made the comments during a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the government said in a statement.
"He expressed to Mr. Rodriguez Zapatero his desire ... that the European Union gets more involved" to "encourage" dialogue with Tehran, the statement said.
ElBaradei, who won the Nobel prize for his efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, also met with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.
The United Nations has already adopted two resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran for defying calls to halt its sensitive uranium enrichment work. Tehran denies the United States' claim that it seeks nuclear weapons.
In March, the UN Security Council gave Iran 60 days to suspend enrichment or face further punitive measures, with the latest deadline set to expire next week.
ElBaradei's agency is to issue a report on May 23 on Tehran's nuclear work which could lead to further sanctions.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.