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IAEA Chief: World Losing Patience with Iran

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The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says the international community is losing patience with Iran over its nuclear activities.

Speaking to reporters in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, on Friday Mohamed ElBaradei encouraged European negotiators to continue talking with Iran. Those talks broke down in August, when Iran resumed uranium conversion -- the precursor to enrichment.

He said Iran needs to speed up its cooperation and transparency, and added that outstanding nuclear issues should be clarified next year.

Mr. ElBaradei, who along with the International Atomic Energy Agency will receive the Nobel peace prize on Saturday, said there is no reason to suspect Iran already has a nuclear weapon. The United States has accused Iran of secretly pursuing atomic weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

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