The head of the UN's nuclear agency has criticized US moves to supply weapons to its allies in the Mideast, saying the money would be better spent on regional development projects. Mohamed El-Baradei, who is the director general of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, made the remarks in an interview with the Austrian newsweekly Profil, to be published Monday. He said a US strategy to support a weapons buildup in Occupied Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Egypt is not helpful for improving security in the Middle East.
"Pouring more money into arms is not going to resolve the issue," El-Baradei said.
"You can end up in a situation like the Cold War in the past ... Does that provide security? Does that provide stability? It doesn't", he added.
Earlier this month, the US offered Israel an unprecedented $30 billion of military aid over 10 years. It is also proposing weapons packages to Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states. In the interview, El-Baradei also said he didn't see any danger in a French-Libyan reactor deal.
"I would not worry, as long as the reactor there is under agency verification," El-Baradei told Profil.