News Update on Iraq Inspections

Clarification of Reuters Press Report.

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The IAEA would like to clarify the misleading headline of a Reuters news report dated 30 January. The headline, "IAEA’s ElBaradei says Iraq not in material breach", is not an accurate summary of the actual quotations in the story. At the request of the IAEA, Reuters issued a correction entitled "IAEA says seen no gross violation in Iraq as yet."

The IAEA has a clear responsibility under Resolution 1441 to report to the Security Council, but deciding on whether Iraq is in material breach is, as Dr. ElBaradei has repeatedly emphasised, the Council's prerogative.

The IAEA will continue to provide information and analysis to the Security Council to enable them to reach conclusions about nuclear issues in Iraq.

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