Mohamed ElBaradei

'ElBaradei not confirmed as Egypt PM'

Cairo, July 7 - Egypt's new presidential media adviser late Saturday denied the media reports stating opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei had been appointed the country's interim prime minister, reported state-run MENA news agency.

"Until now, President Adli Mansour has not officially assigned ElBaradei or anyone else to form the new government," reported Xinhua citing Ahmed al-Mislimani, who has just taken up the post of presidential media adviser.

Mislimani said discussions were still going on about the nomination for interim prime minister, noting that the transitional government has to be "a crisis-management government" at the current critical stage.

The political process in Egypt should be more competitive, says U.S.

The political process in Egypt should be more competitive, says U.S.U. S. officials have said that with Mohammed ElBaradei causing a stir, Washington would like to see a more vibrant and inclusive political process emerge in Egypt.

The political scene in Cairo is being tested by Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, for a possible presidential bid.

But no indications have yet been given by ElBaradei whether he would run in an election to challenge Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Iran issue unsolved at ElBaradei's last IAEA board meeting

Iran issue unsolved at ElBaradei's last IAEA board meeting Vienna, Nov 26 : The dispute over Iran's nuclear programme showed no sign of abating as diplomats gathered at the International Atomic Energy Agency Thursday for a meeting that would be the last under IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei.

The IAEA's board of governors was set to vote on a resolution drafted by six world powers that would express "serious concern" about a new nuclear site that Tehran revealed belatedly in September and note that Iran had broken international rules by building it.

We will be positive in N-talks: Iran

Iran said on Monday it would head into the next round of talks with six world powers on the Islamic republic’s controversial nuclear programme later this month with a “positive” approach.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi also said that the head of the UN atomic watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei had been full of praise for Iran’s cooperation during his weekend visit to Tehran.

Ghashghavi reiterated at a news conference that the Iranian nuclear programme was peaceful in purpose, and dismissed Western demands that Tehran offer guarantees to this effect.

Israel's nukes most serious threat to Middle East: ElBaradei

Israel's nukes most serious threat to Middle East: ElBaradeiTehran, Oct 5  International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei has said Israel's nuclear arsenal is the most serious threat to the region, Mehr news agency reported.

Tel Aviv has not granted IAEA inspectors access to its nuclear facilities for the past 30 years. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that possesses nuclear weapons, ElBaradei said at a joint press conference with Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation director Ali-Akbar Salehi here Sunday.

International Atomic Energy Agency chief starts talks in Tehran

Mohamed ElBaradeiTehran  - Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), initiated fresh talks with high-ranking Iranian officials on Sunday in Tehran.

ElBaradei met with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and was scheduled to hold talks with Iran's atomic chief Ali-Akbar Salehi about the newly revealed second Iranian enrichment plant.

The IAEA chief is scheduled to discuss Iran's new initiative to increase 3.5-per-cent-enriched uranium from its Natanz plant in central Iran to 20 per cent through foreign countries.

ElBaradei in Iran for talks over nuclear issue

Tehran, Oct 3 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei arrived in Iran Saturday for talks with Iranian officials over Tehran's nuclear programme, Iran's state radio reported.

During his stay in Iran, ElBaradei will meet Iranian officials and discuss Iran's nuclear programme with them, the report said.

According to Iran's English-language satellite channel Press TV, the IAEA chief was expected to meet Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, and other top nuclear officials Sunday.

The IAEA chief would not visit the new uranium enrichment facility during his stay in Iran this time, Press TV quoted an announcement of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) as saying.

ElBaradei to follow up on Geneva talks in weekend visit to Iran

Mohamed ElBaradeiVienna  - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei is set to travel to Tehran on the weekend to follow up on two key outcomes of Iran's multilateral nuclear talks in Geneva, an IAEA spokesman said Friday.

One topic of ElBaradei's trip would be Iran's newly revealed uranium enrichment plant near Qom, which IAEA inspectors want to visit as soon as possible.

Iran agreed in Geneva to grant the Vienna-based nuclear agency access, in Thursday's meeting with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, Britain, France, Russia and the United States - as well as Germany.

Iran hopeful about finding framework for more talks

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei Geneva  - Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeid Jalili said Thursday in Geneva he hoped to find a framework for further negotiations with the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany.

Speaking after talks with top diplomats of these six countries, Jalili stressed that "regarding all activities we have in nuclear issues, all of these are in coordination with the agency," referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He said Iran was building its recently revealed second uranium plant for security reasons.

IAEA trying to dry up A.Q. Khan network: ElBaradei

IAEA trying to dry up A.Q. Khan network: ElBaradeiNew Delhi, Sept 30 : UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei Wednesday warned against the "biggest threat" of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of extremist groups and asked India to lead global efforts towards nuclear disarmament.

"The biggest threat to the world remains ... extremist groups getting their hands on a nuclear weapon," ElBaradei told CNN-IBN, while alluding to Pakistani nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan's underground nuclear network that proliferated sensitive technologies to Iran and North Korea.

India honours ElBaradei with Indira Gandhi Prize

Mohamed-ElBaradeiNew Delhi, Sep 30  India Wednesday lauded UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei for his role in the success of India's global civil nuclear deal as President Pratibha Patil presented the Indira Gandhi Prize to him.

Patil presented the 2008 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development to ElBaradei, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

ElBaradei calls Iranian nuclear threat as ''hyped''

ElBaradei calls Iranian nuclear threat as ''hyped''Vienna (Austria), Sep. 2 : Outgoing International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei has called the Iranian nuclear threat "hyped," saying there is no proof of the Islamic republic soon having nuclear weapons.

"In many ways, I think the threat has been hyped," ElBaradei told the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in an interview released Tuesday.

"Yes, there''s concern about Iran''s future intentions and Iran needs to be more transparent with the IAEA and international community," he told the Chicago-based magazine.

Syria still not cooperating fully, IAEA reports

Mohamed ElBaradeiVienna  - Syria is not fully cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency in clearing up questions about a possible secret nuclear reactor, the IAEA said in a report issued on Friday.

Last year, the Vienna-based agency has found traces of man-made uranium at the al-Kibar site in the Syrian desert which was bombed by Israel in 2007 before IAEA inspectors could visit it.

Damascus claims it cannot give the Vienna-based inspectors additional access because the al-Kibar site was a conventional military installation.

IAEA pushes Iran weapons studies questions as enrichment slows

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradeiVienna  - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) increased its pressure on Iran to prove it had not conducted nuclear weapons-related work, in a report published Friday that confirmed a slight decrease in the country's enrichment activities.

In his latest report, IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei also said Iran had partly improved its cooperation with the Vienna-based agency by allowing better monitoring at its controversial enrichment facility in Natanz, and by allowing a visit to a reactor that is under construction.

ElBaradei calls for IAEA successor to be "consensus candidate

ElBaradei calls for IAEA successor to be "consensus candidateVienna  - Mohamed ElBaradei warned Friday that his successor as chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must have the trust of the North and the South - alluding to the deadlock between Japan's and South Africa's nominees for the post.

"Governments should get together and agree on a person, on a consensus candidate," ElBaradei told the Austrian daily Der Standard ahead of the vote on July 2 to choose who will be the next director- general from December.

Talks on nuclear fuel bank to get underway, three plans tabled

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradeiBerlin/Vienna  ­ Efforts by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to prevent countries from acquiring nuclear technology by offering them alternatives got a new boost this week as three plans for nuclear fuel banks and multinational fuel factories were tabled.

The latest proposal was put forward by Germany on Friday. The text foresees the creation of an internationally-governed nuclear fuel production plant.

Two additional, complementary, proposals for Russian and IAEA fuel banks to provide supply of last resort are also to be considered by the 35 countries on the IAEA's governing board in June.

UN nuclear chief says Israel raid on Iran would be "mad"

UN nuclear chief says Israel raid on Iran would be "mad"Berlin  - Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has warned in an interview made public Saturday that any Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would be "mad."

The German news magazine Der Spiegel quoted the UN nuclear chief saying, "It would be utterly mad to attack Iran. That would turn the region into one giant fireball and the Iranians would immediately begin to build the bomb ... supported by the entire Islamic world."

ElBaradei: Arab countries should help solve Iran nuclear issue

ElBaradei: Arab countries should help solve Iran nuclear issueVienna  - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei called Monday for Arab countries to help resolve the Iranian nuclear spat, which seems more achievable under the new United States administration.

"The neighbours so far have been sitting on the fence," he said during a speech in the Austrian Parliament in Vienna, hosted by the Austrian Society for Foreign Policy and International Relations.

ElBaradei seeks large IAEA budget increase despite economic crisis

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradeiVienna  - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei called for a substantial budget increase Monday, even as two diplomats in the race to succeed him have struck a more cautious tone amid the current economic crisis.

ElBaradei warned member states Monday that "if we carry on with business as usual, the agency's effectiveness and the quality of the services we provide to you will continue to erode to a dangerous level."

Japan, South Africa vie for ElBaradei succession, IAEA confirms

Vienna - Only Japan and South Africa have submitted candidates for succeeding Mohamed ElBaradei at the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based organisation confirmed Friday in a statement.

As ElBaradei's third and last term ends at the end of November 2009, Yukiya Amano of Japan and Abdul Samad Minty of South Africa, who represent their countries at the IAEA Board of Governors, are now vying for the prestigious post of director general.

The deadline for IAEA member states to name candidates ended on December 31, 2008.

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