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Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency, which he directs, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2005 and will share the monetary prize, it was announced in Oslo on October 7. The choice, from among nearly 200 nominees, was lauded by Peter Weiderud, director of the World Council of Churches’ commission on international affairs, who said that the agency “was verifying that Iraq was not a nuclear threat when a preemptive invasion ended their measured [inspections].” Weiderud also said that “control of nuclear arms and technology” is an “incontrovertible recognition of the God-given value of human life.”

 

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