President Saddam Husain of Iraq on Sunday (20 July) denied that his country was planning to produce nuclear weapons.
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Background: President Saddam Husain of Iraq on Sunday (20 July) denied that his country was planning to produce nuclear weapons. He was speaking at news conference to hundreds of foreign journalists in Baghdad. President Husain was commenting on reports that Iraq intended to use French nuclear technology, supplied for a reactor on the banks of the Tigris River, to build a bomb.
SYNOPSIS: President Husain said his country had no plans to built an atomic bomb. He said Iraq only wanted nuclear power for peaceful purposes. The Arabs were now on the threshold of a new age and would succeed in using atomic energy in industry. He said millions of Arabs would be able to use this advanced nuclear technology.
However President Husain implied several times that Arab nations would be able to use atomic weapons. After denying any intention to make a bomb, he said "whoever wants to be our enemy can expect that enemy to be totally different in the very near future".
On Afghanistan and relations with the Soviet Union, President Husain said Iraq disagreed with Soviet policy in Afghanistan but remained a friend of the Soviet Union. Arab states in the Gulf, he said, should not invite the Americans to built bases on their territory. He said Iraq still bough arms from the Soviet Union although it believed in varying its source and was currently buying weapons from France and Italy. President Husain warned Britain that its businessmen should not offer bribes and belittled reports of Kurdish unrest in Iraq.