LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has planned to threaten former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons after his invasion of Kuwait, the British authorities said Thursday.
The newspaper said that Thatcher’s resort to such a plan in response to the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein in 1990, indicates the strength of its government towards the camp “hawks” during the last days in power, pointing out that this high-risk game was threatening to push Britain to use chemical weapons for the first Once since 1919.
US Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney asked Thatcher if she was ready to consider the option of using nuclear weapons. “Three years after Thatcher’s departure from the post of prime minister in November 1990, International Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Thatcher could theoretically have used this kind of weapon.
Thatcher warned US President George W. Bush of the fluctuation toward Saddam Hussein, as she stressed her commitment to defending Kuwait’s sovereignty and Saudi oil wells. Chemical weapons were among the points of contention between Thatcher and Bush, The Central Intelligence Agency concluded that Saddam’s forces were ready to use chemical weapons if they were about to be defeated and expelled from Kuwait, but the agency believed there would be a brief warning period before the chemical attack. ”
The newspaper said that Thatcher did not mention a dialogue between her and Dick Cheney, in her memoirs, asking the US Secretary of Thatcher on the possibility of agreeing to study the use of nuclear weapons in the context of the Gulf conflict. The British Prime Minister replied that she hated the study of such an option and would certainly rule out it, even though “nuclear weapons always remain an absolute deterrent.”
Thatcher said after the Gulf crisis ended in 1991 that if needed, she would have been prepared to use nuclear weapons against Iraq.