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Chronology of IAEA Inspections and Key Events

(1 - 9 December 2002)

DECEMBER 2002

9, Monday: IAEA Inspects Three Sites.

Five inspection teams were deployed to Tuwaitha, a large complex site. They utilised a wide range of inspection techniques, ranging from visual inspections to sampling for detection of any potential radiological activity using Gamma surveys, water sampling and swipe sampling techniques. The team also started to take a physical inventory of nuclear materials from Tuwaitha's, which are the last known remnants of the past nuclear programme.

IAEA teams also made a detailed inspection of Ash Shakyli. All buildings were inspected and sampled for the detection of radiological materials.

An IAEA team at Al Qa Qaa began inventorying known explosive materials from the past nuclear programme that were previously under the control of the IAEA. Other tasks involved inspecting a number of key buildings and outdoor sites within the huge Al Qa Qaa complex. Full Briefing.

8, Sunday: IAEA Receives Iraq Declaration. The IAEA received at its Headquarters in Vienna, an approximately 2400 page declaration on Iraq's nuclear programme. The IAEA said it expects to be able to provide a preliminary analysis of the document to the Security Council within the next ten days, with a fuller assessment to be provided when it reports to the Council at the end of January 2003.

7, Saturday: IAEA Inspects Warehouse Site. The IAEA conducted an inspection at Shakyli, a warehouse complex adjacent to the Tuwaitha site. The team inspected the major equipment and material storage areas to assess their current status. The inventory of the site will be reconciled with the IAEA's database on equipment and material, and changes described in the Iraqi biannual declaration of 1 October 2002. Full Briefing.

7, Saturday: Iraq Hands Over Declaration. At 8:00 pm, Baghdad time, the Government of Iraq handed over to UNMOVIC and the IAEA at the Baghdad Ongoing Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Centre (BOMVIC) documents and CD-ROMs containing Iraq's declaration pursuant to Security Council resolution 1441. The declaration - consisting of about 2100 pages in English and 300 pages in Arabic - was submitted to IAEA Chief Inspector Jacques Baute for transmission to IAEA headquarters in Vienna.

6, Friday: IAEA Inspects Tuwaitha Site. The IAEA conducted an inspection at the Tuwaitha site run by the Iraqi Atomic Energy Agency. The experts inspected several major areas at the site for about five hours in order to review changes that had taken place since December 1998. Those changes included construction or rehabilitation of some buildings, movement of equipment, and changes in areas of responsibility for site personnel. Most of the observed changes had been recorded in the backlog of Iraq's own semi-annual declarations that Baghdad submitted to the IAEA on 1 October 2002. Full Briefing.

3, Tuesday: Joint Inspection of Presidential Site. IAEA and UN teams conducted an unannounced joint inspection of one of the eight Presidential sites in Iraq. The probe at the Sijood site, located on the west bank of the Tigris River in Baghdad, was the first inspection of a presidential site since the return of the inspectors to Iraq, according to a UN spokesman. The inspection team was able to enter the site within a few minutes. Although the site was frozen during the inspection in order to avoid any exit, senior Iraqi officials were allowed to enter. When the inspection was finished, the freeze was lifted. Access to the entire site was provided without difficulty, and the planned inspection activity was completed, the spokesman reported. Full Briefing.

2, Monday: IAEA Inspects Industrial Sites. The IAEA inspection team checked three small industrial sites, two of which had never been accessed by any inspection teams before. These sites are located approximately 20 km north of Baghdad. The three sites proved to be dedicated to the production of alcohol. Full Briefing.

1, Saturday: IAEA Iraq Nuclear Verification Office. The IAEA organizational unit for nuclear inspections in Iraq is renamed the Iraq Nuclear Verification Office (INVO) by decision of Director General ElBaradei. It was formerly named the IAEA Iraq Action Team.

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