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Nuclear Weapons

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he received reports on the export of nuclear weapons technology, blueprints and fissionable material by the Kahuta Nuclear Research Institute in Pakistan to (a) Iran, (b) Libya, (c) North Korea and (d) Saudi Arabia; and what steps he has taken in response to those reports. (286818)

In 2003 reports suggested that AQ Khan, who headed the Kahuta Nuclear Research Institute, supplied technology that could be used to make nuclear weapons to some of the countries mentioned. There is no evidence that Khan provided technology to Saudi Arabia. The UK played a leading role in Libya's renunciation of weapons of mass destruction in December 2003 and we support all the UN Security Council Resolutions in place with regards to Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.