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01/05/04 - London

British Government: Libya Was "On The Way" To Developing A Nuclear Weapon

Britain's foreign secretary says Libya hadn't built nuclear arms yet, "but was on the way to doing so" when it pledged to drop such efforts last month.

In London today, Jack Straw told Parliament that Libya also admitted having "significant quantities" of chemical weapons and the means of delivering them.

Straw says Britain will help Moammar Gadhafi bring his country "fully into the mainstream of the international community", if he continues to cooperate.

The top U.N. nuclear inspector visited Libya last month and said it had been years, not months, away from building nuclear arms.

President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair announced December 19th that Libya had agreed to dismantle its weapons of mass destruction and take other steps to disarm.

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