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Bush, ElBaradei to Discuss Safeguarding Nuclear Technology

Mohamed ElBaradei, the chief U.N. nuclear inspector and a critic of U.S. claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, will meet with President Bush this week to discuss ways to tighten controls on nuclear technology and expertise. The meeting, requested by the White House, comes as the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is headed by ElBaradei, and nations worldwide search for the means to prevent advanced nuclear technology from being sold, as it was to Iran, Libya and North Korea. Bush wants to discuss proposals to make the sale of nuclear technology a crime, strengthen the IAEA’s ability to monitor nuclear proliferation and reduce access to equipment used to enrich uranium, a key ingredient in nuclear weapons, according to U.S. officials in Washington and diplomats in Vienna, where the IAEA is based. Full Story

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