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Press anger at ElBaradei visit

The visit to Iran of UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohammed ElBaradei to press for tighter inspections of Tehran's nuclear facilities generates anger in both Iranian and Arabic newspapers.

Some point to what they see as the hypocrisy of a policy which seeks to control Iran's nuclear ambitions while failing to tackle the development of nuclear weapons in nearby Israel.

This talk of the dangers of Iranian nuclear weapons is more or less a game. The Islamic regime is the target.

Al-Watan - Qatar

Yesterday Iran announced the success of its Shahab-3 missile test, and tomorrow International Atomic Energy Agency head ElBaradei will visit Tehran. In announcing its missile success, Tehran might have wanted to send a message not to the IAEA but to Washington to show that the right to possess weapons and new technology is an issue of sovereignty which cannot be abandoned as long as there is a country such as Israel in the region which possesses nuclear weapons.

Al-Watan - Saudi Arabia

The Americans have convinced other Western nations to sing a similar tune to Washington when it comes to Weapons of Mass Destruction ... Meanwhile, countries with known arsenals of nuclear weapons such as India, Pakistan and Israel are not even signatories of the NPT... most analysts are unanimous in their prediction that ElBaradei is likely to exert enormous pressure on Iran... It is now the international community's turn to undertake confidence-building measures to reassure Iran... double-standards are no longer acceptable. The IAEA and other international officials say one thing when they visit Tehran but sing a different tune altogether when they return home, which further complicates the problem.

Iran news - Iran

The concern expressed by the US State Department's spokesman over the testing of Iran's Shahab-3 missile was an example of intervention in the internal affairs of our country. At the same time, this reveals the secret behind America's moves and provocations against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Jomhuri-ye Eslami - Iran

The IAEA and Mr ElBaradei should recognise the right of independent countries to preserve and enhance their power of deterrence. But the agency is implicitly saying that it can offer no guarantee against political acts and aggressive measures against Iran.

Resalat - Iran

Exerting unreasonable pressure on a country which has always been committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and has never violated its provisions is an insult to the dignity and integrity of an independent nation.

Aftab-e Yazd - Iran

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