UN Nuclear Agency Blasts Iran Stonewalling
ElBaradei sees investigation at 'dead end'
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2009 5:22 PM CST
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(Newser) – The United Nations’ nuclear agency had unusually harsh words for Iran today, saying its investigation into Tehran’s nuclear program was at “a dead end” after more than a year of stonewalling. Ahead of a vote on a resolution criticizing Iran for failing to disclose a uranium enrichment plant, the agency's departing head said Iran hasn’t answered questions about its nuclear ambitions in the past year, the New York Times reports.

Mohamed ElBaradei is “disappointed” in Iran’s rejection of a UN-brokered deal to send most of its nuclear fuel for processing abroad, which the US and European countries hoped would at least delay Tehran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons—an effort that has heightened tensions with Israel. ElBaradei also seemed frustrated with the US for refusing to share its intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program.