PARIS (Jul. 29)
France officially announced tonight that it plans to go ahead with its uranium deliveries to Iraq in spite of claims that Baghdad is in the process of manufacturing atomic weapons. The French Foreign Ministry released a statement here tonight saying that France was surprised by “fanciful statements and accusations” linked to its cooperation with Iraq in the nuclear field.
France signed in 1975 a nuclear agreement with Iraq and has since supplied the Baghdad Atomic Energy Commission with a research reactor and highly enriched uranium. Today’s French statement said that most reactors in the world use highly enriched uranium and underlined that Iraq has signed the Vienna Convention on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.