Iraq Asks UN for Help in Building New Nuclear Reactor

Iraq's foreign minister asked nuclear countries for help building a nuclear reactor, saying the country has a right to use nuclear power peacefully as a party to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

Iraq’s Foregin Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 23, 2017 -

Iraq on Saturday asked the international community for assistance in building a nuclear power reactor for peaceful purposes.

"Iraq calls for assistance from our kindred nuclear countries to build a nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes ... in accordance with the non-proliferation treaty," Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafar told the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Al-Jaafari cited the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty's provisions allowing countries to pursue peaceful nuclear energy projects, AP reported. Iraq ratified the treaty in 1969.

Non-nuclear nations that signed it agreed to not pursue atomic weapons. In exchange, the five original nuclear powers – the US, Russia, Britain, France and China – promised to move toward nuclear disarmament and to guarantee non-nuclear states access to peaceful nuclear technology for producing power.

Iraq's previous efforts to build a nuclear reactor were met with an Israeli airstrike on the Osirak nuclear facility in 1981 and years of suspicion about his nuclear intentions.


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