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Iran: Nuclear Weapons

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's assessment is of the Working Paper dated 25 April 2008 (NPT/conf.2010/PC.11/WP.4) submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) on non-compliance with NPT Articles I, III, IV and VI, with particular reference to the statement that approval of the Trident replacement programme constitutes a contravention of NPT Article VI; and what response the Government has made to the paper. (206373)

The UK scrupulously complies with its obligations under the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons (NPT), including those on disarmament in article VI. We are committed to strengthening the three pillars of the treaty. The decision to maintain our nuclear deterrent did not contravene the treaty. The UK made this clear at the 2008 NPT Preparatory Committee in its response to the Iranian paper.