Kuwait draws precautionary plans amid Gulf tension


State news agency KUNA quoted Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Salem al-Sabah as saying the measures are being taken in view of a request by parliament to discuss Kuwait’s readiness to deal with "any developments" in the region.

The decision was taken amid concern in the Gulf Arab state, which was a launch pad for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, over the prospects of war between Iran and the West.

Saleh Ashour, a member of parliament, told Reuters earlier the government had formed an emergency team to make contingency plans in case of a war.
Kuwaiti newspapers said the team would draw up plans about necessary emergency supplies to keep the country running. Al-Watan newspaper said on Monday the cabinet had formed the emergency team on Sunday.
"There are no indications of an imminent crisis … there is no crisis unit, but these are normal precautionary measures," KUNA quoted the foreign minister as saying.

The United States, which says Iran is trying to build an nuclear bomb, has said it wants a diplomatic solution to the standoff but has not ruled out military action if that failed.

Iran says its nuclear programme is only for power generation.
Kuwait, a staunch U.S. ally, is worried about any strike on the Bushehr nuclear power station that Russia is building for Iran. The Iranian port city lies less than 300 km (185 miles) from Kuwait.

KUNA said earlier this month Kuwait had asked NATO to send experts to help assess its readiness to deal with any nuclear radiation.


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