ElBaradei: Iran 4-9 years away from nuclear bomb

December 3, 2006 14:22

Iran is four to nine years away from developing a nuclear bomb, a time period that allows the international community leeway to find a diplomatic solution to the country's nuclear program, head of the IAEA Mohammed ElBaradei said Sunday at a lecture at Kyoto University in Japan. According to ElBaradei, neither Iran nor North Korea will comply with attempts to force them to abandon their nuclear programs, and would likely accelerate their nuclear activity in response to any such tactics. ElBaradei suggested that the international community employ a "stick and carrot" approach to ending the crisis, Israel Radio reported. Addressing Iran specifically, ElBaradei recommended that the international community strengthen ties rather than isolating the nation on the basis of its current nuclear policy.

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