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Iraq (Nuclear Weapons)

Volume 170: debated on Thursday 19 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to instruct (a) Her Majesty's Government's representative on the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency and (b) the United Kingdom ambassador to the United Nations, to initiate investigations at the International Atomic Energy Agency and United Nations, respectively, into the Iraqi nuclear weapons programme.

Iraq is a party to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, and as such has undertaken not to develop nuclear weapons. We expect Iraq to abide by her international legal obligations. We are currently considering, in consultation with interested parties, how to strengthen barriers against proliferation. We do not, however, envisage taking the specific action outlined by the hon. Member.