جمعه ۱۹ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۲۲:۵۷ - ۹ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed ElBaradei, is calling on the United States to join negotiations with Iran on its nuclear capability. ElBaradei told Germany's "Der Spiegel" news magazine that European diplomatic efforts can only be successful if Washington joins the talks.
The United States has accused Iran of pursuing a nuclear weapons program -- a charge Tehran vigorously denies. France, Britain and Germany have been trying to persuade Iran to scrap any nuclear weapons-related activities in return for economic incentives. The U.S. is not involved in that diplomatic effort.
But in an interview with Belgian television broadcast late Friday, U.S. President George W. Bush said he wanted diplomacy to work in the dispute with Iran.
We've [U.S. and Europe] got a common goal, and that is that Iran should not have a nuclear weapon. That's what we have said, that's what the Brits have said, the French have said, the Germans have said, when they send their foreign ministers in to talk to the Iranians. There's a common mission and I look forward to making sure we continue to speak with one voice."
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia would continue assisting Iran in developing a nuclear energy program.