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In Talks, U.N. Nuclear Chief Says, Israel Turns Focus on Iran

The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, said he came to Israel this week looking to open a dialogue on making the Middle East a nuclear-free zone. But senior officials in Israel, the only country in the region believed to have nuclear weapons, sought to put the focus on Iran’s nuclear program during talks on Wednesday, he said. “They’re expressing concern about Iran,” Dr. ElBaradei told reporters after talks in Tel Aviv with members of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission, including the chairman, Gideon Frank. Israeli security officials often refer to Iran’s nuclear program as potentially the most serious threat facing Israel, though Iran asserts that its program is intended solely for peaceful power generation.Full Story

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