Friday, October 03, 2003

IAEA chief: Scores of States May Build Nuclear Weapons: "The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday that unless the United States and other nuclear powers take concrete steps toward disarmament, scores of countries will follow their lead and build atomic weapons. The United States, China, Britain, France and Russia all signed the 1968 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). They were allowed to keep their atomic arsenals, but agreed to begin negotiations on full disarmament. 'Unless we are moving steadily toward nuclear disarmament, I'm afraid that the alternative is that we'll have scores of countries with nuclear weapons and that's an absolute recipe for self-destruction,' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters."

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