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Chronology of IAEA Inspections and Key Events

(January 2003)

JANUARY 2003

31, Friday: UN Teams Inspect Multiple Sites. An UNMOVIC biological team performed aerial inspections over Falluja II and III, the Agricultural and Biological Research Centre, Tuwaitha and former biological research facilities at Salman Park. A chemical team inspected the commercial headquarters of the Agricultural Supply Company in Baghdad. A missile team visited the 7 Nissan Factory. A multidisciplinary team inspected the Abu Ghraib Ammunition Factory west of Baghdad. Full Briefing.

30, Thursday: IAEA Director General Calls for "Quick Progress on All Fronts". IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei underlined the need for "quick progress on all fronts" in Iraq, and reiterated his view that Iraq has to have a "change of heart" to more proactively support the needs of UN and IAEA inspectors. The IAEA further issued a media advisory clarifying a misleading press report. Security Council consultations continue, with briefings scheduled in February. Full Story | Media Advisory.

30, Thursday: IAEA Checks Industrial Site, Installs Air Sampling Equipment. Two IAEA teams conducted inspections. One team performed an inspection at the 17th April Facility in Baghdad. The facility produces precision castings for industrial purposes. A second team performed a motorized radiation survey in areas south east of Baghdad. Air sampling equipment has been installed by the IAEA and is operating on the roof of the Canal Hotel, the operations base for IAEA inspections in Iraq. This is the initial step in the re-installation of both fixed and mobile air samplers as part of wide-area environmental monitoring in Iraq. Full Briefing.

29, Wednesday: IAEA Inspects More Colleges, Does More Surveys. Three IAEA teams conducted inspections. One team inspected the Headquarters of the Geological Survey of Iraq in Baghdad. A second team performed a motorized radiation survey in the Fallujah industrial area and other areas to the west of Baghdad. A third team inspected the Colleges of Science, Education, and Engineering at Kufa University. Full Briefing.

28, Tuesday: IAEA Director General Emphasizes Need for More Evidence, Proactive Iraq Approach. In press interviews this week, IAEA Director General ElBaradei expanded upon his briefing to the Security Council on the status of nuclear inspections in Iraq. He called for a more proactive Iraqi approach in terms of providing evidence and supporting inspector interviews of Iraqi scientists. Security Council consultations continue 29 January. Full Story.

28, January: IAEA Inspects Industry Facility, Colleges. Three IAEA teams conducted inspections. One team performed an inspection at the Nassr industrial machining and foundry facility north of Baghdad. A second team performed a motorized radiation survey in Baghdad. A third team inspected the College of Science, the College of Education and the College of Engineering at the University of Babylon. Full Briefing.

27, Monday: IAEA Inspects Sites in Seveal Areas. Three IAEA teams performed inspections. One team inspected the Al Sumood industrial manufacturing plant in the Taji area north of Baghdad. A second team performed a motorized radiation survey in the Taji area. Later, the team joined the first team at Al Sumood and carried out a manual radiation survey of buildings and stores. A third team inspected the Al Kindi Research and Development Company near Mosul and the North Refinery Company (NRC) in the Baji area, en route to Baghdad. Full Briefing.

27, Monday: Inspection Chiefs Brief Security Council on Iraq Inspections. IAEA Director General ElBaradei and UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix briefed the Security Council 27 January on the status of Iraq inspections so far. Dr. ElBaradei informed the Council that IAEA inspectors "have to date found no evidence that Iraq has revived its nuclear weapons programme" and emphasized that inspection "work is steadily progressing and should be allowed to run its natural course." Statement | Inspection Report.

26, Sunday: IAEA Checks Several Sites, Conducts More Surveys. Three IAEA teams conducted inspections. One team performed an inspection at the Um Al Maarik industrial machining and foundry facility, south of Baghdad. A second team performed a motorized radiation survey in the Salman Pak area. A third continued activities in the Mosul area, with the inspection of the College of Science, the College of Education and the College of Engineering at the University of Mosul. Full Briefing.

25, Saturday: IAEA Teams Seek Interview, Inspect Colleges. An IAEA team flew by helicopter, with representatives of the Iraqi National Monitoring Directorate (NMD) on board, to a facility above 360 North, formerly known as Al Jesira, to conduct an interview in private. The individual concerned declined the request. The interview was then conducted with a representative of the NMD present. An IAEA team inspected the Colleges of Education and of Engineering at Tikrit University in Tikrit. Another IAEA team performed a motorized radiation survey in the vicinity of Baghdad.

Inspector Status: A total of 256 persons are working for UNMOVIC and the IAEA in Iraq. The total number of inspectors is 108, with 97 coming from UNMOVIC and 11 coming from the IAEA. The rest are support staff, including 50 aircrew and 27 local staff. Full Briefing.

24, Friday: UN Teams Check Facilities, Factories. An UNMOVIC chemical team returned to the Al Qa Qaa complex for the seventh day. The team inspected the Research and Development Centre and a waste treatment facility. Thereafter, the team went to the Mamoun Factory, which belongs to the Al Rasheed Company and is located next to the Al Qa Qaa complex. The factory produces munitions and chemical materials for munitions. The team then proceeded to the Al Basil Centre in the Jadriyah complex in Baghdad to assess its current activities. The Al Basil Centre is primarily a research centre for chemical products. Full Briefing.

24, Friday: IAEA and UN Chief Inspectors to Brief Security Council 27 January. IAEA Director General ElBaradei and UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix will brief the Security Council 27 January on Iraq inspections so far. The UN reports that the update is scheduled for 10:30am New York time, with both open and closed sessions planned. Another closed door meeting of the Council is scheduled for 29 January. Dr. ElBaradei and Dr. Blix met with Iraq officials in Baghdad last week. UN Report

23, Thursday: IAEA Checks Storage Sites, Does More Surveys. One IAEA team inspected the Ashakyli Stores of the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission. Radiation surveys were performed, using portable instruments. Equipment under IAEA seals was checked, as was the status of other equipment in storage. A second IAEA team performed inspections in the Basra area. Full Briefing

22, Wednesday: IAEA Team Does Radiation Survey. One IAEA team held a meeting and performed an inspection at the Iraq Geological Survey Headquarters in Baghdad. Another IAEA team performed a motorized radiation survey of areas to the north of Baghdad. Full Briefing

21, Tuesday: IAEA Go Back to Tuwaitha. The IAEA inspected the Tuwaitha site, 24 km east of Baghdad. The team conducted a motorized radiation survey, checked sealed equipment, and inspected buildings. Full Briefing

20, Monday: IAEA-UN Chief Inspectors and Iraq Issue 10-Point Joint Statement. IAEA Director General ElBaradei and UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix ended two days of high-level talks with Iraqi officials, issuing a joint 10-point statement. The meetings sought more "active cooperation" from Iraq in key areas, including interviews with Iraqi scientists. Media Advisory

20, Monday: IAEA-UN Chief Inspectors to Brief Press on Latest Iraq Talks. IAEA Director General ElBaradei and UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix are set to conclude two days of high-level talks with Iraqi officials. Dr. ElBaradei characterized the meetings as a "last ditch" effort to achieve more "active cooperation" from Iraq in key areas, including interviews with Iraqi scientists. A press briefing is planned 20 January in Baghdad. Press Report | Full Story

19-20, Sunday-Monday: IAEA Checks Colleges, Other Sites. The IAEA inspected four colleges at the University of Baghdad: the College of Engineering, the Second College of Engineering, the College of Education for Women, and the College of Science for Women. On 20 January, the IAEA, supported by UNMOVIC geophysical and chemical inspectors, conducted a simultaneous inspection of two previously uninspected sites in the north of Baghdad. Full Briefing

18, Saturday: IAEA Checks Two Sites. The IAEA inspected two sites: the University of Baghdad in Baghdad and the uwaitha site, 24 km east of Baghdad. For the University of Baghdad, two colleges were inspected: the College of Science (Ibn Al Haytham Campus) and the College of Education (Jaderia). A motorized survey was performed on the Tuwaitha site. Full Briefing

17, Friday: UN Teams Inspect Farms, Factories. UN inspectors checked farm and factory sites near As Suwayrah, approximately 50 km southeast of Baghdad, and Falluja I and II, roughly 80 km and 100 km respectively northwest of Baghdad. Full Briefing

16, Thursday: UN Teams Find Empty Warheads, Visit Iraqi Residences. UN inspectors checked multiple sites, including the Ukhaider Ammunition Storage Area to inspect a large group of bunkers constructed in the late 1990s. During the course of their inspection, the team discovered 11 empty 122 mm chemical warheads and one warhead that requires further evaluation. A joint inspection team.searched for documents at the residences of two Iraqi scientists. Other teams visited sites in and near Baghdad: the Al Nidaa State Company, which manufactures specialized equipment used in the production of solid propellant rocket motors; the Nissan 17 Factory, which produces moulds and casts for both military and civil applications, including components for the Al Samoud ballistic missile; and the Rasheed State Company for Production of Construction and Building Materials. Full Briefing

15, Wednesday: IAEA Checks Three Sites. The IAEA inspected the Isakandariya State Enterprise for Mechanical Industries, the Al Mutaz Technical Institute, both approximately 70 km south of Baghdad and the Hatteen State Company approximately 80 km southeast of Baghdad. The Isakandariya State Enterprise is a general-purpose heavy equipment engineering plant. The Al Mutaz Technical Institute specializes in mechanical engineering, and the Hatteen State Company is an ammunitions and armourments organization. Full Briefing

14, Tuesday: IAEA Inspects Four Sites. The IAEA inspected the Tho Al Fukar Mechanical Plant, the Sumood Factory, the Nassr State Establishment, all approximately 40 km northwest of Baghdad, as well as the Qa Qaa Stores situated 60 km southwest of Baghdad. The Tho Al Fukar is a mechanical manufacturing engineering plant. Both the Sumood Factory and Nassr State Establishment operate foundries. The Qa Qaa Stores is used to store high explosives. Full Briefing

13, Monday: IAEA Revisits Tuwaitha, Checks Other Sites. The IAEA visited three sites: the Tuwaitha site, 24 km southeast of Baghdad; Technology University, Baghdad; and the Ibn Roshd Company, 26 km southwest of Baghdad. The purpose of the inspection at Tuwaitha was to confirm certain components of the Iraqi declaration. At Technology University, Baghdad, verification of scientific and technical activities was performed. The Ibn Roshd Company is the Quality Control Centre for the Military Industrialization Corporation (MIC). Full Briefing

12, Sunday: Joint IAEA/UN Team Airborne Operation. A joint IAEA and UNMOVIC chemical team flew by helicopter approximately 240 km northwest of Baghdad to inspect the Sharqat EMIS Facility. The site was originally designed to house an Electromagnetic Isotope Separation Facility (EMIS). Presently, a factory operated by the Al Hadhin State Company produces concentrated nitric acid on the site. This was the first air-born operation in which a MI8-MTV heavy-load helicopter was used, along with two Bell-212 helicopters. The first two air-borne operations used Bell-212 helicopters. The MI8 carried one vehicle for the team. Full Briefing

11, Saturday: IAEA Checks Engineering, Explosives Plants. The IAEA inspected the Saddam GE Plant, 126 km southeast of Baghdad, and the Qa Qaa Sumood Explosives Plant, 60 km south of Baghdad. The Saddam GE Plant has an engineering machine tools capability and the Sumood Plant produces civilian as well as military explosives.

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10, Friday: UN Teams Visit Multiple Sites. UNMOVIC chemical and biological teams inspected several sites in the vicinity of Baghdad. Full Briefing

9, Thursday: IAEA Inspects Electrical Plant. The IAEA inspected the Baquba Electrical Plant, a State Company for Electrical Industries, approximately 60 km from central Baghdad. The company produces electrical goods, such as transformers, welding machines, electrical meters and fans for the heavy as well as light current electrical market. Full Briefing

9, Thursday: UN Security Council Backs Inspectors. Security Council President Jean-Marc de La Sablière (France) issued a statement following a briefing by Dr. Hans Blix, Executive Chairman of the United Nations Monitoring, Inspection and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC) and Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He said the Council "listened with utmost attention and interest to the update of the assessment Dr. Blix and Dr. ElBaradei had made of the Iraqi declaration and to their report on the progress of inspection activities in Iraq since they resumed on 27 November 2002. Members of the Council reiterated their full support for the work and action of Dr. Blix and Dr. ElBaradei and to the continuation of inspection activities of UNMOVIC and IAEA pursuant to resolution 1441 in order to achieve the disarmament of Iraq." UN Report

9, Thursday: IAEA, UN Iraq Inspectorates Brief Security Council. IAEA Director General ElBaradei and UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix briefed the Security Council 9 January on Iraq inspections and plans. The update is prelude to a more comprehensive status report set for 27 January in New York. Both Dr. ElBaradei and Dr. Blix plan to visit Baghdad the week of 20 January. IAEA Statement | UN Transcript of Press Briefing.

8, Wednesday: IAEA Checks Cement Plants. The IAEA inspected three sites: the Kufa (Qufaa) Cement Plant (240 km south of Baghdad), the Samawa Cement Plant (350 km south of Baghdad), and the Karbala Cement Plant (250 km southwest of Baghdad). Full Briefing

8, Wednesday: Heads of IAEA, UN Iraq Inspectorates to Brief Security Council. The heads of the IAEA and UN arms inspectorates in Iraq - IAEA Director General ElBaradei and UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix - are briefing the Security Council 9 January on inspections and plans. The update is prelude to a more comprehensive status report set for 27 January in New York. In Iraq, aerial inspections have started, while in Austria, IAEA safeguards analysts probe collected environmental samples. Full Story

7, Tuesday: IAEA Conducts Two Inspections. The IAEA conducted two inspections: one at the Bakir Air Base, 100 km north of Baghdad and the other at the Kubaisa Cement Factory, 250 km west of Baghdad. Both inspections were performed to verify information associated with another site. IAEA and UN inspectorates in Iraq now have roughly 200 international staff in Baghdad and Mosul. The total number of inspectors is 105 (97 from UNMOVIC and 8 from the IAEA). The rest are support staff, including aircrew. Full Briefing

6, Monday: IAEA Inspects Locations at Tuwaitha. The IAEA conducted an inspection of several locations at the Tuwaitha site, including the Nuclear Physics Academic Research Centre, the Physics Research Materials and Electronics Studies Centre, and the Laser and Plasma Research Centre. Inspections were conducted in order to ascertain the level of activity at these locations. Full Briefing

5, Sunday: IAEA Inspects Graphite Plant. The IAEA inspected the Saddam Graphite Plant, located southwest of Baghdad. The plant has a project to manufacture graphite electrodes for use in induction arc furnaces for the Iron and Steel Industry in Iraq. Full Briefing

4, Saturday: IAEA Inspects Fuel, Machine Plants. The IAEA inspected the Al Mamoud and Al Aboor SE (Iraqi Plant) Plants, both located southwest of Baghdad. The Al Mamoud Plant manufactures composite propellant fuel for missiles. It also has a small civilian manufacturing sector. The Al Aboor Plant refurbishes machine tools and produces spare parts for the civilian and military sector. Full Briefing

3, Friday: UNMOVIC Inspectors Check Multiple Sites. UN teams visited several sites in and outside of Baghdad - the Al Mamoun Plant, which belongs to the Al Rasheed Company; a former ammunitions depot used as a chemical weapons storage facility prior to the Gulf War and an adjacent area used in the 1980s for chemical weapons munitions tests; and the Al Basil Narawan site, part of the Al Basil Centre, which produces several chemicals, including sodium carbonates. Full Briefing

2, Thursday: IAEA Inspects Lead Plant. The IAEA inspected the Falluja Lead Recovery Plant and a storage site at Khan Dari, both located approximately 60 km west of Baghdad. The Lead Recovery Plant operates gas-fired furnaces and the storage site contains an array of materials as well as equipment. Full Briefing

1, Wednesday: UNMOVIC Teams Check Multiple Sites. UN teams conducted inspections related to chemical, biological and missile areas, visiting the Al Harith Factory at the Taji Camp, located roughly 40 km north of Baghdad; the Al Majd Al Amiriyah Stores, approximately 30 km west of Baghdad; and the Baghdad Alcoholic Drinks Company near Baghdad. Full Briefing.

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