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UK Chemical Exports to Burma under Scrutiny

9 January 2014

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has been called on to explain why the UK government has authorized the export of “dual-use” chemicals with military applications to Burma and other countries with poor rights records over the past decade. According to a report by The York Post, the Committees on Arms Export Controls grilled Hague about the “very disturbing” exports after reviewing export licenses issued since 2003 in response to revelations that chemical used to produce both toothpaste and Sarin nerve gas had been sold to Syria. Committee chairman Sir John Stanley told Hague that “Burma, North Korea, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Russia and the USA” were among the countries that had received exports of the chemicals.