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Iaea Inspectors

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Prime Minister if he will set out the reasons underlying his support for the G8 summit declaration calling for the return of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to North Korea and Iran to carry out verification of nuclear sites and activities. [120794]

It has always been, and continues to be, the policy of this Government to seek to resolve issues of this nature through dialogue. The first step in establishing a dialogue with North Korea and Iran on their nuclear programmes must be through encouraging them to allow International Atomic Energy Agency inspection of all of their facilities and programmes.

To ask the Prime Minister if he will set out the reasons why he has opposed the return of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to Iraq to carry out verification of nuclear sites and activities. [120795]

The United Kingdom has not opposed the return of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to Iraq. The UK played a leading role in drafting UN Security Council Resolution 1483 which specifically tasks the Security Council to review the mandates of both the IAEA and UNMOVIC inspection organisations. This work will be undertaken in due course by the Security Council.