The head of the U.N. nuclear agency warned that as many as 30 countries could soon have technology that would let them produce atomic weapons “in a very short time”.They would then be joining the nine states known or suspected to have such arms.Speaking at a conference on tightening controls against nuclear proliferation, Mohamed ElBaradei said more nations are “hedging their bets” by developing technology that is at the core of peaceful nuclear energy programs but could quickly be switched to making weapons.

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