UN to Lift Ban on Iraq Nuclear Imports?

The United States hopes the U.N. Security Council will lift restrictions on the import of nuclear technology to Iraq, even though Baghdad has not ratified a U.N. agreement on tough atomic inspections, according to a report from Reuters.

At a meeting on Wednesday to be chaired by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the 15-nation Security Council is expected to remove Iraq’s Chapter VII status, adopt resolutions ending the controversial U.N. oil-for-food program, and extend for six months immunities protecting Iraq from claims related to its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Those immunities will expire at the end of June 2011, a senior U.S. official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

Baghdad will keep paying 5 percent of its oil revenues as war reparations, most of it to Kuwait, despite Iraq’s calls for a renegotiation of those payments so it can use more of its oil money for needed development projects, Western diplomats said.

Iraq still owes Kuwait nearly $22 billion in reparations.

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