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IAEA chief to urge Israel to keep Middle East nuclear-weapons-free

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said his country’s policy of refusing to confirm or deny that it has nuclear weapons would continue ahead of the arrival of the UN’s atomic energy agency chief. Mohamed ElBaradei is expected to ask for help in ridding the Middle East of nuclear weapons during his visit, despite Israel allegedly being the only state in the region to have the bomb. Experts said the mission of ElBaradei, the director general of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), had almost no chance of succeeding and was more of a political gesture to convince Arab states the IAEA is as concerned about Israel as it is about Iran, which it is investigating on suspicions of Tehran’s hiding a secret nuclear weapons program.Full Story

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