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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-04 10:15 AM
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15. The IAEA specifically cited Bush's push for new nukes as an obstacle to
Edited on Fri Nov-19-04 10:16 AM by bigtree
dealing with countries like Iran who may seek nuclear weapons.


Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has told senior American diplomats that developing new weapons could encourage other countries to violate the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

"This is extremely serious," said Arjun Makhijani, the president of the Washington-based Institute of Energy and Environmental Research, which has produced a study of the Bush administration's developing nuclear weapons strategy. "The appeal to deterrence is a smokescreen. The desire is to develop nuclear weapons that can actually be used. The United States is in danger of being at the leading edge of proliferation."

The DSB document is the latest signal that the Bush administration is preparing to modernise its nuclear programme. In September the Senate passed a White House-backed plan to reduce the preparation time required for nuclear testing in Nevada. George Bush Snr had imposed a moratorium in 1992.
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