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ElBaradei Seeks to Press Israel on Nuclear Issues

U.N. nuclear watchdog head Mohamed ElBaradei hopes to get Israel to begin talks on ridding the Middle East of nuclear weapons, whether it admits to having them or not, when he flies to the Jewish state on Tuesday. Under its policy of “strategic ambiguity,” Israel neither admits nor denies having nuclear weapons. But international experts believe Israel has from 100 to 200 warheads based on estimates of the amount of plutonium its reactors have produced. ElBaradei had wanted to get the Israelis to abandon their ambiguity policy, Western diplomats said, but Israel has made clear this was impossible at present. “There are no signs of a policy change in Israel,” said a diplomat close to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Full Story

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