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Iraq asks UN to help build nuclear reactor

25 Sep 2017
Iraq has asked the UN for assistance in building a nuclear power reactor, saying the nation now has a right to use atomic power peacefully.

“Iraq calls for assistance from our kindred nuclear countries to build a nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes ... in accordance with the non-proliferation treaty,” said Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafar. 

In the past, Iraq had three nuclear reactors in Tuwaitha, its main nuclear research site, south of Baghdad. One was destroyed by an Israeli air raid, in 1981, and the two others by U.S. airplanes in the 1991 Gulf war which followed Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

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