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IAEA Chief Calls For Greater Nuclear Controls

Muhammad el-Baradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (file photo) (epa) October 26, 2006 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says up to 30 countries could have the technology to develop nuclear weapons "in a very short time" unless better controls on proliferation are implemented.

Speaking at a conference on proliferation in Vienna, Muhammad el-Baradei said that an increasing number of countries are developing technology that would allow them to develop nuclear weapons at short notice.


Who's Got The Bomb?

Who's Got The Bomb?


country warheads (est.) date of first test

United States 10,500 1945

Russia 18,000 1949

United Kingdom 200 1952

France 350 1960

China 400 1964

India 60-90 1974

Pakistan 28-48 1998

North Korea 0-18 2006


Israel is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons, but it has not declared itself a nuclear-armed country.

South Africa constructed six uranium bombs but voluntarily dismantled them.

Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine all gave up the nuclear weapons that were on their territory when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.