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Israel: Nuclear Capability

Volume 688: debated on Wednesday 17 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their response to the Government of Israel's denial of any plans to launch a nuclear strike on Iran, in the context of the negotiations sponsored by the EU3 (France, Germany and the United Kingdom) and the United Nations Security Council, which rules out military action. [HL1250]

We, along with the rest of the international community, are deeply concerned by Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. United Nations Security Council Resolution 1737, adopted by consensus on 23 December 2006, makes clear that Security Council members support a negotiated solution. We are working hard to achieve this. A spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed on 6 January that Israel too, “prefers this issue to be resolved through diplomatic channels”.