September 23, 2007 by pulkit
ElBaradei is a nonchalant and docile director general of the IAEA, and he said in an interview that Iran is not an immediate threat. He went ahead and said that Iran doesn’t have nuclear weapons right now and is 3-8 years apart from them. He downplayed the need for military action against Iran.
But ElBaradei should know that Iran has hoodwinked the international community for over two decades about its nuclear programme, so, it is just not possible to trust it. With the eccentrical maniac Ahmadinejad running the show, the world must not leave it till too late and eight years will be too late.
We still have issues that we need to clarify in Iran. But I don’t see Iran, today, to be a clear and present danger. And our conclusion here is supported by every intelligence assessment I’ve seen that even if Iran has ambitions to develop nuclear weapons [which it denies], it’s still three to eight years away from that. We need to continue to do robust verification. But we do not need to hype the issue. What we need right now is to encourage the moderates in Iran. [source]