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ElBaradei wants nuclear powers to disarm

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Jan 24, IRNA
Nuclear Weapons-IAEA Chief
Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei says that he wants nuclear power countries such as the US and Russia to fulfill pledges that they made decades ago to work towards disarmament.

"You have to practice what you preach," the 2005 Nobel Peace prize winner said, referring to the commitments made in the 35-year old Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"The most important thing is to make the big boys understand that the major league is not an exclusive club. If you are not going to dissolve that club, others are going to join," he warned.

In an interview with the FT magazine, ElBaradei said that nuclear weapons were 'an historical accident and we need to eradicate ourselves from that'.

"Either we are going to have 20, 30, 40 nuclear weapons states or we have to think of a different way of fixing our security," he said.

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency suggested that the answer was for the nuclear powers to disarm. "Then you have a different moral authority and then you can really clamp down on all those who are trying to imitate you," he said.

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