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Nuclear Materials

Volume 201: debated on Wednesday 15 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise at the next Foreign Affairs Council meeting the issue of weapons usable enriched uranium and plutonium seized by customs authorities in Italy, originating in the former Soviet Union; and if he will instruct the United Kingdom ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency to urge an immediate agency investigation into the clandestine commerce in weapons-usable nuclear materials.

We view all reports of clandestine traffic in nuclear materials with great concern and are active in seeking to prevent such trafficking. In doing so, we naturally consult with our partners and with the IAEA where appropriate. We have discussed the present case with the Italian authorities.