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ElBaradei says he’ll quit IAEA if Iran is attacked.

By Matt Corley  

"ElBaradei says he’ll quit IAEA if Iran is attacked."

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In an interview with AlArabiya television yesterday, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamad ElBaradei said that he would resign from his position “if a military strike is carried out against Iran at this time.” ElBaradei said that he doesn’t see Iran as a “grave and urgent danger” and that an attack now “would turn the region into a fireball“:

“I don’t believe that what I see in Iran today is a current, grave and urgent danger. If a military strike is carried out against Iran at this time … it would make me unable to continue my work,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamad ElBaradei told Al Arabiya television in an interview.

A military strike, in my opinion, would be worse than anything possible. It would turn the region into a fireball,” he said, emphasizing that any attack would only make the Islamic Republic more determined to obtain nuclear power.

The comments by ElBaradei, whom war hawks have attacked as an “Iran apologist,” came on the same day that the New York Times reported that a recent Israeli military exercise “appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.”

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