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Chronology of IAEA Inspections and Key Events

(September - October 2002)

OCTOBER 2002

10, Thursday: US Congress Passes Iraq Resolution. The US Congress passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use the Armed Forces of the United States to defend the national interest against threats posed by Iraq. Resolution.

7, Monday: Inspector Training in Vienna. The sixth month-long general training course for inspectors in Iraq was opened in Vienna by UNMOVIC Executive Director Hans Blix.

1, Tuesday: Vienna Talks Conclude. The Vienna talks concluded with agreement reported on practical arrangements for facilitating resumed inspections under existing mandates of the Security Council. On the question of access, it was clarified that all sites are subject to immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access. However, the Memorandum of Understanding of 1998 between Iraq and the UN Secreatary-General establishes special procedures for access to eight presidential sites. Press Release

SEPTEMBER 2002

30, Monday: Vienna Talks Open. High-level talks between Iraq, the UN, and IAEA opened in Vienna focusing on practical arrangements for resumption of inspections. Delegations were headed by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, Dr. Hans Blix, Executive Director of UNMOVIC, and Mr. Amir Al Sadi, Special Advisor to the President of Iraq.

26, Thursday: IAEA Comments on UK Dossier and Resumed Inspections. The IAEA commented on both the Iraq Dossier released by the British government and possible further nuclear-related inspections in Iraq. The IAEA stated: "We will be seeking further detailed information from the UK government on the nuclear activities described in the report in order that we are able to conduct the necessary systematic follow-up. The information in the report reinforces the need for resumed inspections. Only through a resumption of UNSC-mandated inspections can we come to verifiable conclusions. All information available to us currently does not allow us without inspection to draw any conclusions about Iraq's nuclear activities."

24, Tuesday: UK Issues Iraq Dossier. Britain published a dossier saying that Iraq could produce a nuclear weapon within one or two years, if it obtains fissile material and other components from abroad. Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri says that Baghdad is ready to accept a mission of British weapons experts to verify London's claim that Iraq is developing weapons of mass destruction. Dossier.

20, Friday: IAEA General Conference Adopts Iraq Resolution. IAEA Member States adopted a resolution urging Iraq to comply with UN Security Council resolutions and provide "immediate, unconditional, and unrestricted access" to enable Agency inspectors to carry out their mandate. Resolution.

19, Thursday: Iraq Appeals to UN. The Iraqi foreign minister Naji Sabri appealed to the UN that his country is free of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, quoting a letter from the Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein: "Our country is ready to receive any scientific experts accompanied by politicians you choose to represent any one of your countries to tell us which places and scientific installations they would wish to see. I hereby declare before you that Iraq is clear of all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons." President Saddam's letter also called on the UN to help protect Iraq's sovereignty in the face of possible US military action.

16, Monday: Iraq Informs UN on Inspectors Return. The Foreign Minister of Iraq informed the Secretary-General that Iraq has decided to allow the return of weapons inspectors without conditions.

12, Thursday: US President Bush Addresses UN. US President Bush addressed the UN on the case for stronger international action against Iraq.

9, Monday: Director General Statement to IAEA Board on Iraq. Dr. ElBaradei addressed the issue of Iraq, among others, in his introductory statement to meetings of the IAEA Board of Governors. Statement.

6, Friday: IAEA Statement on Media Report on Iraq Inspections. With reference to an article published in the New York Times, the International Atomic Energy Agency would like to state that it has no new information on Iraq's nuclear programme since December 1998 when its inspectors left Iraq. Only through a resumption of inspections in accordance with Security Council Resolution 687 and other relevant resolutions can the Agency draw any conclusion with regard to Iraq's compliance with its obligations under the above resolutions relating to its nuclear activities. Press Release.

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