U.N. Tells Israel Dialogue Only Way to Stop Iran

VIENNA (Reuters) -

The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief has underlined to Israel’s president the need to resolve differences with Iran diplomatically, Yukiya Amano’s office said on Friday, rather than war as Israeli leaders have mooted.

Amano said in a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Thursday that the International Atomic Energy Agency had intensified “dialogue” with Tehran, the IAEA said in a statement.

That was a reference to the IAEA’s year-long push — so far fruitless — to negotiate a framework deal with Iran allowing the Vienna-based U.N. agency to resume a long-stalled investigation into suspected nuclear weapons research by Tehran.

Director-General Amano “made clear the Agency’s commitment to dialogue, and the need to resolve issues with Iran by diplomatic means,” the IAEA said in a statement.