Friday, October 07, 2005

ElBaradei wins Nobel peace prize

The 2005 Nobel peace prize has been awarded jointly to the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency and its director, Mohamed ElBaradei.

The citation says the IAEA's director is a "fearless advocate" of curbing nuclear arms and the importance of his agency's work "incalculable".

The nuclear watchdog's work to promote safe nuclear energy was also commended. Mr ElBaradei said the award recognised that the spread of nuclear weapons was the world's worst security threat.

"I'm extremely humbled and honoured," the Egyptian former diplomat said. "I think the prize recognises the number one danger we are facing today and that is the threat of proliferation of nuclear weapons."

He began a third term at the IAEA last month after the US withdrew its objections to his reappointment. Washington had complained that he was being "soft" on Iran.
'Policeman and salesman'

IAEA inspectors have had to deal with major crises in Iraq, North Korea and Iran in recent years.

This is Wonderful news and I can not think of anyone more deserving

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