Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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UN Nuclear Chief Lays Out Plan To Counter Proliferation, Terrorist Threat
27 March 2006

UN NEWS CENTRE (VIENNA)-- Faced with the threat of nuclear proliferation and the prospect of such weapons falling into the hands of terrorists, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has laid out a five-point plan of action ranging from tighter controls and protection of materials to strengthening the Security Council. IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei called for placing sensitive nuclear operations such as the enrichment of uranium that can be used for producing both electric energy and an atomic bomb under multinational control. “The five measures I have outlined – tightening controls, protecting materials, supporting verification, reinvigorating disarmament and strengthening the Security Council – are all necessary and urgent steps,” Mr. ElBaradei told a conference of dentists in Karlsruhe, Germany over the weekend. Detailing his plan, Mr. ElBaradei stressed the need to tighten controls for access to nuclear fuel cycle technology in an era of globalization which has made the industrial marketplace more complex and fluid than 30 years ago when the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was drawn up. “At the root of this measure is the concept of making these operations multinational, so that no one country would have exclusive control over the most sensitive parts of the fuel cycle,” he said. “It is urgent that the international community develop a unified approach on this measure and begin moving forward.” Source http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=17948&Cr=terror&Cr1= (Reliability 9)

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