IAEA chief warns against attack on Iran

Chief warns that attack may thwart his work
June 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency is warning that any attack on Iran could turn the Mideast into a "ball of fire." IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei spoke in an interview with Al-Arabiya television a day after reports emerged of a large-scale military exercise by Israel.

U.S. officials say they think the Israeli exercises were meant to warn Iran of Israel's abilities to hit its nuclear sites.

ElBaradei also warned in the interview aired Saturday that he will resign as chief of the U.N. nuclear agency if Iran is attacked by any country.

He says a military strike against Iran now would make him unable to continue his work.