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Geoff Hoon MP, defence secretary
Geoff Hoon MP, defence secretary
On Sunday 2 February 2003 Sir David talked to Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon.

The programme also included an interview with General Hassam Amin - the Iraqi official in charge of liaison with Dr Blix and the other UN weapons inspectors.

Sir David interviewed the father of Sally Clark - the solicitor cleared by the Court of Appeal last week, of murdering her two baby sons.

The Sunday newspapers were reviewed by Frances Edmonds and David Mellor.

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On this week's programme, the Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon said Britain and the United States would make a "very determined effort" to secure United Nations support for any military action against Iraq - but he warned that time was running out for Saddam Hussein to demonstrate his full co-operation with the UN weapons inspectors.

"Saddam Hussein has had years in which to co-operate," Mr Hoon told Sir David Frost. "He undertook at the end of the Gulf War in 1991 to rid Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. He has failed in that over many years. He was given a last chance by the Security Council with resolution 1441. That last chance required him to co-operate. He is not now co-operating, as Dr Blix made clear in his recent report to the Security Council. So the clock is ticking."

Mr Hoon confirmed that if military action goes ahead, Britain would reserve its right to use nuclear weapons if attacked. "We have always made clear we would reserve the right to use our nuclear weapons in conditions of extreme national self defence," he said. "Conditions of extreme self defence are extraordinarily difficult to contemplate but we must reserve the right to use our nuclear weaons in those circumstances otherwise they clearly cannot act as the deterrent that they are."

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Sir David also interviewed General Hassam Amin - the Iraqi official in charge of liaison with Dr Blix and the other UN weapons inspectors. General Amin insisted that Iraqi scientists were free to give private interviews to Dr Blix and his team - but the scientists themselves had insisted on the presence of "minders".

"The final decision is a personal decision," General Amin said. "We are encouraging them. We are making them available."

The programme also featured an interview with the father of Sally Clark - the solicitor cleared by the Court of Appeal last week, of murdering her two baby sons. Frank Lockyer spoke of his fears during her imprisonment that he would die before she was freed. "I am 72, you know you have got to look at your life exepctation now and if she was in prison for life imprisonment which could be anything up to 15 years...I was worried about it, of course I was," he told Sir David.

"It was a rollercoaster as far as I am concerned," he went on. "There were times when I had deep depression about it all, but at other times Sally herself probably had greater faith than I did that it had got to come right in the end."

Sir David also interviewed the General Secretary elect of the TUC, Brendan Barber;

the former Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Dr David Jenkins;

and the Arsenal and England goalkeeper, David Seaman.

The Sunday newspapers were reviewed by Frances Edmonds and David Mellor.


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