I.A.E.A. MOHAMAD ELBARADEI HAS SAID WORLD MUST ABANDON
NUCLEAR WEAPONS OR FACE SELF DESTRUCTION
DEC 11 2005
Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has said the world must abandon nuclear weapons or face self-destruction.
Mr ElBaradei was speaking in Norway as he collected the Nobel peace prize, which he shared with the IAEA, the UN's nuclear watchdog.
"If we hope to escape self destruction, then I believe nuclear weapons should have no place in our collective conscience, and no role in our security," Mr ElBaradei said in his acceptance speech.
"The hard part is: how do we create an environment in which all of us would look at nuclear weapons the way we look at slavery or genocide, as a taboo and a historical anomaly?"
The IAEA and Mr ElBaradei won the prize for their drive to control the spread of nuclear weapons, especially to terrorists.
The 63 year old Egyptian and Yukiya Amano, the IAEA's board of governors chairman, accepted the peace prize 60 years after the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Mr ElBaradei said that six decades since the end of the Second World War, the threat of a nuclear nightmare still remained.
He emphasised international concerns about possible atomic weapons programmes in Iran and North Korea, and terrorists' increasingly sophisticated efforts to obtain nuclear weapons.
"Our security strategies have not yet caught up with the security threats we are facing," he said.
"The globalization that has swept away the barriers to the movement of goods, ideas and people but is has also removed barriers that confined and localized security threats."
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