Report: UN nuclear agency chief says threat posed by Iran is somewhat ‘hyped’

VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency is quoted as saying he thinks that in many ways the threat posed by Iran has been “hyped.”

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by a group of prominent scientists, interviewed International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei.

The magazine quotes ElBaradei as saying there is no concrete evidence that Tehran has an ongoing nuclear weapons program. Despite that, ElBaradei says, “many people are talking about how Iran’s nuclear program is the greatest threat to the world.”

It quotes the Nobel Peace Prize laureate as saying: “In many ways, I think the threat has been hyped.”

Iran insists its program is peaceful. The U.S. and others contend it is trying to build a bomb.


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