As Iran snubs the US in its push for new talks on the nuclear question, a row over the Islamic Republic has broken out at the UN’s nuclear watchdog.
Ahead of Washington’s end-of-September deadline for Tehran to enter talks, the Iranian President says his country will never negotiate on what he calls his nation’s obvious rights. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he was ready for dialogue on what he called challenges facing the world, but discussion about his country’s nuclear plants was finished. Meanwhile, at the International Atomic Energy Agency there is controversy over French and Israeli complaints that suggest that not all information about Iran has been released by the body. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said: “I am dismayed by the allegations of some member states, which have been fed to the media, that information has been withheld from the Board. These allegations are politically motivated and totally baseless.” The agency says it is stuck in a stalemate with Iran and that the Islamic Republic has not suspended its enrichment-related activities.