Tuesday, 30 May 2006

Alternatives to nuclear proliferation

'Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, warned that the former US president John F Kennedy's prediction of a world with 20 or 30 countries with nuclear weapons could become a reality.'

... reads the report on The Guardian's website last Friday.

Further on in the article, we read:

'He said: "Nukes breed nukes. As long as some nations continue to insist that nuclear weapons are essential to their security, other nations will want them. There is no way around this simple truth.

"No one has seriously taken up the challenge of developing an alternative approach to security that eliminates the need for nuclear deterrence. But only when such an alternative system is created will nuclear weapon states begin moving toward nuclear disarmament. And only when nuclear-weapon states move away from depending on these weapons for their security will the threat of nuclear proliferation by other countries by meaningfully reduced."

Mr ElBaradei said diverting some of the billions of dollars spent on weapons towards improving health and education in undeveloped countries would help to reduce international tensions.'