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Blix: No military option for Syrian WMD

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Former U.N. weapons inspection chief Hans Blix said there was likely no serious option for a military strike against Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.

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MI5 head to testify in U.K. Iraq inquiry

LONDON, June 11 (UPI) -- The former head of MI5 and a former UN weapons inspector will testify at Britain's inquiry about that country's entry into the Iraq war, officials say.
Blix to head Emirates' nuclear panel

Blix to head Emirates' nuclear panel

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The United Arab Emirates chose former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Hans Blix to be chairman of a panel to oversee an Emirati nuclear energy program.
ElBaradei steps down as IAEA chief

ElBaradei steps down as IAEA chief

VIENNA, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Mohamed ElBaradei stepped down Monday as the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, urging his colleagues to "carry forward the torch."
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ElBaradei steps down

VIENNA, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Mohamed ElBaradei steps down Monday as the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He will be replaced by Yukiya Amano.
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Hans Blix addresses nuclear disarmament

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- With global threats shifting from state to non-state actors, there is no longer a need for the current nuclear arsenal, said former weapons inspector Hans Blix.

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Group urges to put CTBT into force

OSLO, Norway, March 4 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn is calling for the United States and other world powers to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and put it into force.

Turkish FM: U.S. launched war for Iraq oil

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Turkey's finance minister says the United States is "after the oil" in Iraq, joining other high-profile officials making the assertion recently.

Hans Blix: Iraq war and oil connected

SYDNEY, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Hans Blix, the former head of the Iraq weapons search, is the latest to say oil may be a factor in the war in Iraq.
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Hans Martin Blix (help·info) (born 28 June 1928) is a Swedish diplomat and politician for the Liberal People's Party. He was Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (1978–1979). Blix was also the head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission from March 2000 to June 2003, when he was succeeded by Dimitris Perrikos. In 2002, the commission began searching Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, ultimately finding none. In February 2010, the Government of the United Arab Emirates announced that Blix will be the head of an advisory board for its nuclear power program.

Blix was born in Uppsala, Sweden. He is the son of professor Gunnar Blix and Hertha Wiberg and grandson of professor Magnus Blix. He comes from a family of Jamtlandic origin. Blix studied at Uppsala University and Columbia University, earning his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall). In 1959, he became a Juris Doctor in International Law at the University of Uppsala, where he was appointed Associate Professor in International Law the next year.

Between 1962 and 1978 Blix was a member of the Swedish delegation at the Disarmament Conference in Geneva. He held several other positions in the Swedish administration between 1963 and 1976, and from 1961 to 1981 served on the Swedish delegation to the United Nations. From 1978 to 1979, Blix was the Swedish Foreign Minister.

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