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UK ex-minister says MoD misled him over Saudi arms deal

Former UK business secretary Vince Cable said the MoD gave him specific assurances about checks on the use of British-made missiles in a deal with Saudi ArabiaA former British business minister said Saturday he was seriously misled by the Ministry of Defence over a missiles deal with Saudi Arabia, which is spearheading airstrikes in Yemen. Vince Cable told The Guardian newspaper that he was given specific assurances about the checks that would be carried out on the use of British-made missiles. Cable, who was in office from 2010 to 2015 and responsible for authorising export licences, said he blocked a deal for a consignment of laser-guided Paveway IV missiles as he was concerned about civilian deaths.

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