ElBaradei Gets Tough With Iran
Well, not really.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei said Friday that the international community is losing patience with Iran over its nuclear program. ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he hopes the outstanding nuclear issues with Iran will be clarified next year.
"I'm not sure we are showing restraint, I think we are doing a full-court press, if you like, on Iran," ElBaradei said.So, it appears that we're in for more of the all carrot, no stick approach until Iran actually has nuclear weapons. That's deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize.
"As long as we are moving forward, as long as we haven't seen an imminent threat, a smoking gun, I don't see what other alternatives we have, frankly. … I think the best alternative today is inspections, to be on the ground … and unearth the facts," ElBaradei said. He also said turning the matter over to the U.N. Security Council, which can impose sanctions on the country, was not an immediate answer.
"Let us not think we should jump the gun, and use enforcement," ElBaradei said. "You still have to go back to the negotiating table afterward."