"We have a timeline which would enable us by … December to check clearly whether Iran is ready to work with us in good faith or whether (as) some like to suspect, Iran is buying time," ElBaradei said.
"This is a reasonable time in our view to resolve a number of complex issues," he added.
The U.S. has suggested that Iran was using the work plan as a smoke screen while continuing uranium enrichment despite a Security Council ban.
Washington and its closest allies called for new sanctions as recently as July 30, when the IAEA reported "significant" progress in clearing up past questions about Iran while at the same time confirming that Tehran was expanding its enrichment program.
"For the last few years, we have been told by the Security Council … that we needed to clarify the outstanding issues," ElBaradei said. "We obviously had to welcome" Tehran’s decision to cooperate with the agency."
In the IAEA-Iran working plan agreed in July, Iran agreed to answer questions from agency experts by December on more than two decades of nuclear activity – most of it secret until revealed over four years ago.
The plan, which was made public last month, appeared to give Iran a clean bill of health on past small-scale plutonium experiments that could be linked to a weapons program. The IAEA said Tehran had accounted for amounts that of the substance originally appeared to have been missing." Forbes
As ElBaradei has observed the present gathering campaign against the credibility of the IAEA by the flatheads and Bushies is remarkably reminiscent of the way the same people treated Baradei and the IAEA before the ’03 intervention in Iraq.
Then, as now, ElBaradei’s character and integrity were assailed and the effectiveness of his agency’s efforts in controlling nuclear proliferation were ridiculed. It was insisted that nothing the Iraqis said or wrote could possible be true and the implication was clear that diplomacy could never be the solution to anything in dealing with them.
The occupation of Iraq and a persistent search of the country by literally thousands of US government people failed to find anything of "WMD" except a few corroded gas shells from the Iraq-Iran War. So – ElBaradei was right all along. He was completely correct.
No matter. I know Americans who should know better who persist in believing that Saddam’s government had a vast stockpile of gas, biological and nuclear materials.
Where are they? The story I keep getting from these "believers" is that the materials are in the bottom of a lake, in Syria, etc. The complete lack of evidence has no effect whatever on the quality and intensity of belief.
Much the same propaganda campaign is "cranking up" now. I see no reason to think that this iteration of the same effort will not be equally successful. pl
My article "Drinking the Kool Aid" discussed the IAEA phenomenon in the Iraq context.