Vanunu holds a copy of the original newspaper in which he revealed Israel’s nuclear secrets.
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As North Korea considers negotiating over its nuclear arms, it may find lessons in the Middle East, where leaders imperiled, paranoid or pugnacious have long used the doomsday weapon threat to secure a wobbly perch.Chastened, Libya's Moammar Gadhafi then gave up a real program.Syria claims it gave up its chemical weapons. About a decade ago, a nuclear project was reduced to dust by Israeli jets. The 2015 agreement limiting the atomic program brought – as North Korean leader Kim Jung Un undoubtedly has noted – significant economic benefits in its wake.Here's a look at how some of these nuclear narratives played out:SADDAM'S GAMBLE, FROM BEGIN TO BUSHIraq pursued nuclear capabilities under Saddam for decades; the centerpiece of his nuclear efforts was the Tuwaitha nuclear complex, about 19 kilometers south of Baghdad.Later, under Saddam, U.N. inspectors documented and safeguarded 550 metric tons of "yellowcake" – the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment – stored at Tuwaitha since before the 1991 Gulf War.More recently, Syria's issue was chemical weapons.After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran did little to advance its nuclear program as it faced a bloody eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s.
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