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Former IAEA chief says attack on Iran will be disastrous

Former Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Hans Blix has described any attack on Iran as a “path to disaster,” adding that Tehran will not remain passive in face of aggression.

“Bombing Iranian nuclear installations may be a path to disaster rather than to a solution,” Blix said.

“Iranian leaders are not going to sit quietly and twiddle their thumbs . . . A war in the Gulf and skyrocketing of oil and gas prices are not exactly what a financially troubled world needs right now,” the former chief UN weapons inspector added.

Referring to the IAEA’s November 2011 report on Iran’s nuclear activities, Blix made clear that the report “did not . . . conclude that Iran was making a weapon or had taken a decision to make one.”

He cautioned the present director general of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, that “the agency should not . . . draw conclusions from information where the supplier is not ready also to show evidence… The agency should not risk its own credibility by relying on data that it cannot verify fully.”

In its controversial report, the IAEA accused Iran of conducting activities related to the development of nuclear weapons prior to 2003 without offering any evidence to verify such claims. Additionally, the report also claimed that the activities “may still be ongoing.”

The US, the Zionist Occupation Israeli regime and their allies have long been accusing Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program without pointing to any verifiable evidence, using such allegation as a pretext to pressure the UN Security Council to impose four rounds of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Iran has rejected such allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

This is while it is widely known that the US-backed regime in Tel Aviv possesses between 200 and 400 nuclear warheads; Tel Aviv refuses to join any international nuclear regulatory body.

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