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Chronology of IAEA Inspections and Key Events

(January - November 2004)

NOVEMBER 2004

2, Tuesday: UN General Assembly Backs IAEA´s "Indispensable Role". The United Nations General Assembly affirmed its confidence in the IAEA and urged global cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, following the annual address by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei. States adopted a resolution that strongly supported the Agency´s "indispensable role" in the area of technology transfer to developing countries and in nuclear safety, verification and security. Full Story | IAEA Director General Statement

2, Tuesday: IAEA Reports to Security Council on Lost Material in Iraq. The IAEA and UN have circulated the text of a letter dated 25 October from IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei to the President of the UN Security Council on Iraq´s reported loss of high explosives subject to the IAEA´s monitoring. Also, a letter to the editor of the Washington Post from the Agency´s spokeswoman takes exception with press coverage of the IAEA´s report to the UN Security Council on lost explosives in Iraq. Letter to Editor | Letter to Security Council, 25 October 2004 [pdf]

OCTOBER 2004

27, Wednesday: IAEA Reports to Security Council on Lost Material in Iraq. The IAEA and UN have circulated the text of a letter dated 25 October from IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei to the President of the UN Security Council on Iraq´s reported loss of high explosives subject to the IAEA´s monitoring. The communication includes the letter the IAEA received from Iraq 10 October. Letter to Security Council, 25 October 2004 [pdf]

4, Monday: IAEA Report to President of Security Council. In a letter to the President of the UN Security Council dated 1 October, IAEA Director General ElBaradei submitted the latest consolidated progress report on the IAEA's verification activities in Iraq. The report cites a number of concerns and expresses the IAEA's readiness to resume its verification activities in the country. Consolidated Progress Report, 1 October 2004

AUGUST 2004

7, Saturday: IAEA Safeguards Inspection Completed. At the request of the Government of Iraq and pursuant to the NPT Safeguards Agreement with Iraq, a team of IAEA safeguards inspectors has completed the annual Physical Inventory Verification of declared nuclear material in Iraq. The purpose was to check and verify remaining nuclear material in Iraq, in line with Iraq´s NPT safeguards agreement with the Agency. (Note: The safeguards inspections are separate from weapons inspections mandated by the UN Security Council that ceased in mid-March 2003). Press Release

JULY 2004

20, Tuesday: IAEA Safeguards Inspection Planned. IAEA Director General ElBaradei said that the Agency is planning to conduct a safeguards inspection in Iraq this month. The purpose is to check and verify remaining nuclear material in Iraq, in line with Iraq's NPT safeguards agreement with the Agency. (Note: The safeguards inspections are separate from weapons inspections mandated by the UN Security Council that ceased in mid-March 2003). News Story

6, Tuesday: Nuclear and Radiological Materials Removed from Iraq. The US announced the completion of a joint operation to secure and remove nuclear and radiological materials from Iraq. The IAEA was advised in advance of the action. The removal included 1.77 metric tons of low-enriched uranium and roughly 1000 highly radioactive sources from a nuclear research facility. US Press Release | Latest IAEA Iraq Report | IAEA Letter to Security Council [pdf]

APRIL 2004

12, Monday: IAEA Report to President of Security Council. In a letter to the President of the UN Security Council dated 11 April, IAEA Director General ElBaradei submitted the latest consolidated progress report on the IAEA's verification activities in Iraq. The letter stated the Agency's concern about the implications of the results of its review of satellite imagery, especially with respect to sites known to the Agency to have contained items subject to monitoring. Consolidated Progress Report, 11 April 2004

FEBRUARY 2004

12, Thursday: Director General ElBaradei Urges Tougher Action Against Nuclear Proliferation and Black Market. In an essay published in the New York Times, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei underlined the need for urgent action to toughen the world's regime to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. His proposed measures include the need for additional authority for the IAEA, a much more stringent export control system and accelerated efforts towards nuclear disarmament. Separately, in commenting on non-proliferation proposals by US President Bush, Dr. ElBaradei said he shared "the same concern and sense of urgency". Director General Essay | Comments on US President Bush's Proposals | US President Bush's Proposals

2, Monday: IAEA, UN Inspections in Iraq Worked. IAEA and UN inspections of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programmes worked, Newsweek magazine reports in its latest edition. The magazine cites the record of international inspections and of the US-led Iraq Survey Group, whose past leader, David Kay, recently stepped down and reported his findings. Full Story

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