Blix and El-Baradei: Key points
Friday 7 March 2003
Key points of the weapons inspectors' reports to the UN security council
- Iraqi actions so far do not constitute "immediate cooperation", but are nevertheless welcome
- Even with proactive Iraqi cooperation, disarmament will take "months"
- After a period of "somewhat reluctant cooperation", there was an "acceleration of initiatives " by Iraq during January
- While initially resisting their destruction, Iraq's Samoud 2 missile destruction is a "substantial measure of disarmament"
- 34 Samoud 2 rockets, two combat warheads, one launcher and five engines have been destroyed
- Of 38 Iraqi scientists asked, 10 have agreed to be interviewed by weapons inspectors - The UN will soon seek interviews with Iraqi scientists outside the country
- Iraq has not yet handed over enough documentary evidence on past production of chemical and biological weapons
- No underground facilities for the chemical or biological weapons production have been discovered
- Documents backing up US and British allegations that Iraq has attempted to import uranium from Niger are "not authentic" and the allegations are therefore "unfounded"
- Iraq has provided a "considerable volume" of documentation, including papers relevant to the allegations that it imported uranium
- Iraq's efforts to import aluminium tubes are "not likely" to be related to the manufacture of centrifuges for enriching uranium for use in nuclear weapons
- It is "likely" that Iraq possesses the expertise to produce high-strength magnets, used in the manufacture of centrifuges
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