§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral answer to the hon. Member for Chingford of 11 July,Official Report, column 674, which are the other countries involved in nuclear proliferation to which he referred in his answer.
The Prime Minist
Both Iraq and North Korea are countries of nuclear proliferation concern. Both states have breached their obligations under the International Atomic Energy Authority full scope safeguards agreements. We are also concerned by reports that Iran may be seeking to develop nuclear weapons, and we continue to emphasise the importance we attach to all states party abiding by their obligations under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. We also take very seriously reports that India, Israel and Pakistan may possess nuclear weapons. We urge these countries to allay suspicions about their nuclear programmes by acceding to the NPT as non-nuclear weapons states.