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11-12-2007, 01:51 PM
Israel calls for sacking of IAEA's El Baradei


By Tim Butcher in Jerusalem
Last Updated: 2:16am GMT 12/11/2007

A senior Israeli cabinet member has accused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of complacency towards Teheran's nuclear programme and has called for its chief to be sacked.

Shaul Mofaz, Israel's deputy prime minister and former military chief, demanded that Mohammed ElBaradei be replaced for failing to appreciate the urgency of Iran's nuclear ambitions.

It is not the first time Mr ElBaradei has faced calls to go. He was criticised by American hawks for his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

"The policies followed by ElBaradei endanger world peace," Mr Mofaz said. "His irresponsible attitude of sticking his head in the sand over Iran's nuclear programme should lead to his impeachment."

The attack appeared to have been prompted by a newspaper interview in which he said: "I want to get people away from the idea that Iran represents a clear and present danger and that we're now facing the decision whether to bombard Iran or let them have the bomb."