Iran nuclear threat hyped by West: ElBaradei   2011-01-18 22:56:56 FeedbackPrintRSS

VIENNA, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The threat posed by Iran's nuclear program had been exaggerated by the West, former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Mohamed ElBaradei said in a published interview.

The interview was conducted by the Austrian Press Agency (APA) and released Tuesday.

In the exclusive interview, ElBaradei said U.S. intelligence agencies believed Iran had been developing nuclear weapons according to a report issued in 2007; however, Iran in fact had stopped this attempt as early as 2003. "Today, this assessment is still correct," he said.

ElBaradei also said he didn't rule out that Iran did try to develop nuclear weapons in the 1980s,