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Case I: Iraq

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This chapter discusses the development of the Iraqi nuclear programme. The introduction of Iraq to the field of nuclear technology began during the fifties with the aim of harnessing the atom to reap the benefits of cheap energy and to enhance medical research. The chapter also discusses the role of World Nuclear Suppliers in developing the Iraqi nuclear programme. It discusses the role of different firms in supplying the Iraqi programme with nuclear technology. The chapter focuses on Israeli bombing of Osirak. It describes the Iraqi violations of its international obligations. The Western Governments permitted their companies to supply Iraq with sensitive nuclear material and equipment needed for its nuclear programme. The chapter also focuses on the process of disarming Iraq under United Nation Security Council (UN SC) resolutions.

Keywords: Iraqi nuclear programme; Iraqi violations; nuclear technology; Osirak; UN SC resolutions; world nuclear suppliers



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