Israeli attack on Iran will be big mistake: ElBaradei

May 16th, 2009 - 7:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Berlin, May 16 (DPA) Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has warned that any Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would be a great mistake.
“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 said in an interview with German news magazine Der Spiegel published Saturday.

The UN nuclear watchdog chief said the international community had for a long time ignored IAEA warnings about nuclear proliferation with the result that the risk that nuclear arms will be used has “significantly grown” along with “the risk the bomb will fall into the wrong hands”.

He appealed to Tehran to settle the issues with IAEA and offer a willingness to compromise in the light of offers from new US President Barack Obama: “I advise the people I meet from Iran: Shake the hand that Obama is offering you.”

ElBaradei’s term at the head of the Vienna-based agency ends this November.

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