Libya stops weapons deals with countries criticized by Washington
Libya-Regional, Politics, 5/14/2004
Libya has announced it had stopped all deals pertaining to weapons with countries presumed to deal with the weapons of mass destruction. In a statement broadcast by the Libyan news agency, Libya said that Tripoli will not deal with any weapons or military services with countries considered a source of huge concern in the field of deploying such type of weapons.
The statement explained that this decision comes in the course of "exerting efforts to enhance stability and peace in the world." Washington commended the Libyan decision and described it as a new progress in its war against the deployment of chemical and nuclear weapons.
The US under secretary of state for disarmament, John Bolton said that the US welcomed this statement and considered it as an important step forward and an indication to Libya's seriousness to giving up the mass destruction weapons and returning back to the international community.
At a time when the Libyan statement mentioned no country by its own name, Bolton said that this decision effect Northern Korea, Iran and Syria, countries which are accused by Washington by seeking to own mass destruction weapons.
On April 23, the US President George W. Bush awarded Libya for its decision to giving the mass destruction weapons by pending sanctions imposed on it. A matter which permits American companies to buy the Libyan oil and invest in the Libyan economy for the first time since 1986.
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