IAEA Head Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei recently met with high-level officials in France to discuss issues related to nuclear non-proliferation and the peaceful development of nuclear power. One main focus was Iran´s nuclear programme and the UN Security Council resolution concerning it.
"Engagement, dialogue, and negotiation are the only ways toward a solution," Dr. ElBaradei emphasized. He restated his view that the status quo is unacceptable, and that Security Council sanctions are a clear expression of the concerns of the international community regarding Iran´s nuclear programme. But he added that sanctions alone would not solve the issue and underlined his desire for a negotiated solution.
Dr. ElBaradei visited France 17-18 January. In Paris, he met with France´s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Philippe Douste-Blazy and other high-level officials, including French Political Director Gerard Araud. He also spoke at events attended by leaders in industry, government, the media, and business.
Iran´s nuclear programme and nuclear energy´s future in the context of climate change and energy development were the main topics discussed at meetings with Minister Douste-Blazy. The Ministry issued the following communiqué: