posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 07:40 PM
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.
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]