Local member of Nobel Prize winning team describes work with UN

Published: Mar. 29, 2018 at 7:43 PM EDT
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By: Julie Montanaro

March 29, 2018

QUITMAN, Ga. (WCTV) -- An international inspector who traveled the globe to try to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons shared his story Thursday, not far from his hometown in South Georgia.

David Hanks was part of the United Nations team that won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

The International Atomic Energy Agency and its director were recognized that year for their efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

Hanks shared his story with the Rotary Club in Quitman, describing nuclear weapons as the "most horrific weapons ever invented."

"Most countries that want nuclear energy in their country must comply with the non-proliferation treaty. There are some states that have a different agreement and there are some rogue states out there that you've heard of on the news that want nuclear energy, but don't want to abide by the rules ... Iran for example, North Korea, Syria, Pakistan ... those kind of countries are really hard to deal with," Hanks said.

Hanks grew up in nearby Morven, Georgia. He says he shifted from working in nuclear power to working with the UN after the shock of the 9-11 terror attacks.

He's incorporated some of his experiences into a trio of fictional novels about a "super inspector" who tries to foil a terror plot.