Iran denied Wednesday that it was seeking a nuclear weapon as an “insurance policy”, as suggested by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei.
“If you quoted him right, he is absolutely wrong,” Iran’s envoy to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh told reporters when asked to respond to comments made by ElBaradei in a BBC interview.
ElBaradei told the British broadcaster he believed that for Iran securing a nuclear weapon was “the road to get that recognition and power and prestige.”
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“My gut feeling (is) that Iran definitely would like to have the technology… that would enable it to have nuclear weapon,” ElBaradei said.
“If they decide to do so, (it would be) to send a message to the rest of the world that ‘yes, don’t mess up with us, we can have (a) nuclear weapon if we want to,” ElBaradei said.