Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy: The Contribution of the International Atomic Energy Agency

Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy: The Contribution of the International Atomic Energy Agency

  • 15 December 2002

Mohammed El-Baradei noted that since its establishment
in 1957, the general mission of the IAEA has been to
achieve and promote a vision of Atoms for Peace, which
involves the prevention of nuclear weapons proliferation
and the promotion of its peaceful applications. The
scope of the IAEA’ s work thus falls within three areas:
nuclear technology, nuclear safety and security, and
nuclear verification. The speaker said that despite the end
of the Cold War, concerns of proliferation still remain
in all categories of weapons of mass destruction—
nuclear, biological and chemical. Then, he discussed
the inspections made in Iraq, and Security Council
Resolution No. 1441, issued on November 8, 2002.
The speaker expressed hope and trust that Iraq
would fully cooperate in order to avoid the use of
force and pave the way for the suspension and eventual
elimination of sanctions. In this context, the lecture
suggested that it was important that all the states of the
region attempt to convince Iraq of the significance of
complete and sustained co-operation in order for the
region to avoid a war with unpredictable consequences.
At the end, they confirmed that the most important
challenge was to develop alternative approaches to
regional and international security that did not include
weapons of mass destruction, that are reliable and that
inspire universal confidence.

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Sunday 15 December 2002

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Sunday 15 December 2002

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