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Tracking Number:  187183

Title:  UN weapons experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency are scheduled to return to Iraq to investigate reports of additional nuclear weapons-grade uranium sites. UN Report. (910617)

Date:  19910617

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06/17/91 UNITED NATIONS REPORT, MONDAY, JUNE 17 (Iraqi weapons) (310)

IAEA TO CONDUCT NEW SEARCHES FOR IRAQI WEAPONS

United Nations weapons experts are scheduled to return to Iraq to investigate reports of additional nuclear weapons-grade uranium sites, U.N. officials confirmed June 17.

About 10 officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the special disarmament commission established after the gulf war plan to make a second visit to Baghdad at the end of the week. The group is expected to follow up on assertions made by an Iraqi scientist who defected to U.S. troops in northern Iraq.

The Iraqi reportedly told U.S. officials that Iraq has almost twice the amount of nuclear weapons-grade material that Baghdad officially admitted possessing to the United Nations. The scientist asserted that Iraq has been trying to manufacture weapons-grade uranium for use in nuclear weapons and has four secret installations that survived allied bombing during the war.

Under terms of Security Council cease-fire Resolution 687, Iraq must turn over all its nuclear weapons material to the IAEA and its chemical, biological and ballistic weapons must be destroyed by the U.N. special commission.

IAEA scientists visited Iraq's Tuwaitha nuclear site in May, placing the 45 kilos of enriched uranium declared there by Iraq under tamper-proof seals.

The material cannot be destroyed or rendered harmless in Iraq, the IAEA said, and the agency will have to take custody of it. Other direct-use material is buried under the rubble of a reactor building and "a complex and costly decommissioning operation will be needed to render this material accessible for removal and disposal," the IAEA said.

Ambassador Rolf Ekeus of Sweden is executive chairman of the special commission and Dr. Robert L. Gallucci of the United States is deputy executive chairman. Disarmament experts from 19 other nations serve on the commission. NNNN


File Identification:  06/17/91, PO-106; 06/17/91, EP-117; 06/17/91, EU-102; 06/17/91, NE-110; 06/18/91, NA-205; 06/18/91, AR-204
Product Name:  Wireless File
Product Code:  WF
Languages:  Arabic
Keywords:  UNITED NATIONS; INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY; IRAQ/Defense & Military; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; ARMS CONTROL VERIFICATION
Thematic Codes:  1UN; 1NE; 1AC
Target Areas:  EA; EU; NE; AR
PDQ Text Link:  187183