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Hans Blix

Asked to comment on Hans Blix’s remarks, the PMOS replied that as he had said this morning there was an international consensus at the time, which included Hans Blix, that Saddam Hussain did indeed have the weapons.  Four inquiries had concluded that the Government acted in good faith.

Put to him that Hans Blix’s argument was that replacing Trident now would not help persuade countries like Iran not to obtain nuclear weapons, the PMOS replied that the difference was that there was an international treaty, the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which recognised the right of countries such as the UK to hold nuclear weapons, whereas there was a UN report that said the reverse about Iran.  We had to recognise international treaties and international decisions.

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