ElBaradei: Iran wants nuclear program in order to be recognized as regional power

ElBaradei Iran wants nu

November 5, 2009 00:24

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Wednesday said Iran was interested in achieving nuclear capability in order to become "a regional power," Reuters reported. Speaking to a forum on nuclear disarmament, Elbaredei said the Islamic republic's nuclear program was a "means to an end," as Teheran "wants to be recognized as a regional power." "They believe that the nuclear know-how brings prestige, brings power, and they would like to see the US engaging them. Unfortunately that holds some truth. Iran has been taken seriously since they have developed their program," he reportedly explained.

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