Missing Components and Equipment:
Unresolved Issues

Unresolved Issue

IAEA October 1997 Consolidated Report

Subsequent IAEA Reports

Missing components for uranium conversion

October 1997 report, p. 5, 10, re: inspections at Tuwaitha Fire station: "The material and equipment at this site were removed in April 1997 and identified by the Iraqi counterpart as ancillary equipment belonging to electromagnetic isotope separation (EMIS) development projects. The material and equipment found at the Tuwaitha Fire Station burial site is considerably less than Iraq has stated to have been buried at that location. Consequently, Iraq was asked to continue the search and to locate certain items which, though general purpose in nature, comprise, inter alia, components of systems for the conversion of uranium which are proscribed under annex 3 of the IAEA's OMV plan. The Iraqi counterpart extended the search area around Tuwaitha and has located and made available many such items, most of which had evidently been destroyed, as had been declared by Iraq."

Have all of these items now been located and/or accounted for? No mention of these components, or subsequent searches at these sites, are found in later IAEA reports.

Equipment formerly belonging to Group 4 (weaponization program)

October 1997 report, p. 8, 21: "The Iraqi counterpart had achieved a significant measure of success in completing its undertaking, made in May 1997, to locate the equipment formerly assigned to Departments 40B and 40G of PC-3 Group 4 (weaponisation). The equipment located was made available for IAEA inspection at the Al Shakili store where it had been accumulated ... The IAEA agreed to give priority to its assessment of the equipment recovered and to indicate remaining items which needed to be found."

Was this IAEA assessment ever completed? Has all equipment formerly assigned to the weaponization program been recovered or accounted for? Not mentioned in subsequent IAEA reports.

Iraqi Computer List of Weaponization Program Equipment

October 1997 report, pp. 8-9, 23: "The Iraqi counterpart was able to produce a 62 page computer print-out detailing the items of material and equipment, essentially from PC-3 Group 2 and Group 3, that had been handed over to the Special Guard in early 1991 and those items (approximately 70% of the total) which had been recovered subsequently from the destruction, evacuation and storage sites and made available for inspection by IAEA teams ... These data do not, however, cover the fate of materials and equipment formerly belonging to PC-3 Group 4 located in Al Atheer and that of the uranium centrifuge enrichment group (EDC)."

Was the other 30% of equipment on the computer print-out ever accounted for? Not mentioned in subsequent IAEA reports.

Missing neutron source

October 1997 report, p. 74, Table 3.6, footnote 3: "Imported Pu-Be [plutonium-beryllium] source containing about 16 g of Pu has not been located by Iraq."

Not mentioned in subsequent IAEA reports.

October 1997 report (S/1997/779): IAEA, Fourth consolidated report of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency under Paragraph 16 of Security Council resolution 1051 (1996), October 8, 1997.

December 1997 report (S/1997/950): IAEA, Notes of the International Atomic Energy Agency briefing to the Security Council on 24 November 1997, December 3, 1997.

January 1998 report (S/1998/38): IAEA, Report on the International Atomic Energy Agency technical team visit to Iraq, 19 to 21 December 1997, January 23, 1998.

April 1998 report (S/1998/312): IAEA, Fifth consolidated report of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency under paragraph 16 of Security Council resolution 1051 (1996), April 9, 1998.