The Gulf

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th October 1990.

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Photo of Mr Tom King Mr Tom King The Secretary of State for Defence 12:00 am, 30th October 1990

We are seeking to end Iraq's aggression by peaceful means, which is why we, together with many other countries, are throwing our efforts fully behind the United Nations embargo. In that way, we hope that the aggression can be ended without conflict. But, as was said by the leader of the hon. Gentleman's party, the right hon. Member for Islwyn (Mr. Kinnock), in our debate on the Gulf crisis, it would be extremely unwise to discard the military option. It is important that the message is borne in every day on Saddam Hussein that, one way or another, he will lose. His understanding of that reality offers the best hope of the matter being settled peacefully.