Nuclear bomb race not a faith showdown, says atomic official

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The head of the International Atomic Energy Association contends that although the nuclear weapons landscape is increasingly uncertain, it is not shaping up into a showdown along religious lines.

“I hear people talk about a Muslim bomb, a Jewish bomb, a Hindu bomb,” said Mohamed ElBaradei in remarks October 25 in New York. “This is absolutely crazy. It is a distorted view of faith.”

ElBaradei, the director general of the agency that monitors global use of atomic power under the auspices of the UN, said the number of nuclear states is likely to grow. Recent developments in North Korea and Iran are examples of countries seeking the status that comes with nuclear capability.


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