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NATO chief: Alliance to remain nuclear

April 22, 2010 at 2:19 PM

TALLINN, Estonia, April 22 (UPI) -- NATO must remain a nuclear power, the alliance's head said Thursday at a summit in Estonia.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he is in favor of ridding the world of nuclear weapons but added that the alliance needed a deterrent as long as there are aggressive states or terrorist networks such as al-Qaida.

"We must retain a nuclear capability as long as there are rogue regimes or terrorist groupings that may pose a nuclear threat to us," the BBC quoted Rasmussen as saying at a news briefing in Tallinn.

NATO foreign ministers are meeting in Estonia for two-day talks to discuss the future of the alliance.

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