Wednesday, February 4, 2009

IAEA chief calls for total disarmament

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 03:10:46 GMT | PressTV

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency has called on the United States and Russia to cut their nuclear arsenals and eventually eliminate all nuclear weapons.

"I am greatly encouraged that President Obama has made a firm commitment to making the elimination of all nuclear weapons a central tenet of his policies," Mohamed ElBaradei said.

ElBaradei, in a commentary to appear in Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily on Wednesday, said that there is a need for the international community to be built "on the new momentum" and for major political, diplomatic, and technical changes to be made.

He also called for reviving the Russia-US disarmament negotiations to reduce the number of nuclear warheads worldwide from the current 27,000 to between 500 and 1,000.

"Nuclear fuel production and supply should be run multilaterally," Reuters quoted ElBaradei as saying.

He also called for structural reform in the UN Security Council "so the world can rely on it as the primary body for maintaining international peace and security."

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