IAEA chief ElBaradei arrives in Iran

April 13, 2006 01:13

Head of the UN nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei expressed optimism about his visit to Iran when he arrived in Tehran late Wednesday night to meet with officials about the country's controversial nuclear program. "The time is right for a political solution and the way is negotiations," the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency told journalists. "I would like to see Iran come to terms with the requests of the international community," he said, explaining the purpose of his trip as being "to clarify remaining outstanding issues about Iran's nuclear program." ElBaradei expressed hope that the visit would "bring Iran in line with the requests of the international community to take confidence-building measures regarding suspension of nuclear activities until outstanding issues are clarified."

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