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NEWS: IAEA, ElBaradei share Nobel Peace Prize

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posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 07:40 PM
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The International Atomic Energy Agency and it head have won the Nobel Peace Prize. Mohamed ElBaradei and the agency won the prize for its fight to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Speaking in Vienna, ElBaradei, said the the award would give his agency "a shot in the arm" in its dealings with Iran and North Korea.
 



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OSLO (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog and its head Mohamed ElBaradei, who clashed with Washington over Iraq, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for fighting the spread of nuclear weapons.

The Nobel Committee praised the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and ElBaradei, a 63-year-old Egyptian, for their battle to prevent states and terrorists from acquiring the atom bomb, and to ensure safe civilian use of nuclear energy.

In Vienna, ElBaradei said the $1.3 million Nobel award, widely viewed as the world's top accolade, would give him and the agency he has led since 1997 a much needed "shot in the arm" to tackle nuclear crises in Iran and North Korea.


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The US despite recent comments has been wary of Mohamed ElBaradei. Some feel he is being to lenient on Iran. However, if the inspections and policing of nuclear policy is to work, the U.S. will have to bite its tongue on this one. It was one thing to work out an deal with the Russians its another with the potential 100's of wannabe nuclear powers out there. It will take an international effort fully backed by the weight of its member nations. The U.N. IMHO is a colossal joke, however, like UNESCO, the IAEA is one such agency that could have huge promise.

[edit on 10/7/05 by FredT]




posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 07:54 PM
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Why didn't they just be a little more direct and give the Nobel prize directly to Kim Jong-Il and the mullahs of Iran?



posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 08:04 PM
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for what? why cant they award people who actually deserve it? its used seemingly for political reasons, not to award deserving people like it was intended.



posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 08:24 PM
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I agree there. It seems there are many more people fighting for peace that deserve it. It seems these people were given the peace prize not for stopping nuclear capabilities but actually keeping it controlled by the select few of the new world order.



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