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IAEA Media Advisory 2003/0301 (3 January 2003)

News Update on Iraq Inspections

2003 |UNMOVIC IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 3 January 2003

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3 January 2003 -- An UNMOVIC team of missile inspectors inspected the Al Mamoun Plant, which belongs to the Al Rasheed Company. The site is located roughly 60 km south of Baghdad. The team tagged several declared equipment, which Iraq had manufactured between 1998 and 2002.

An UNMOVIC multidisciplinary team drove more than 200 km west of Baghdad to inspect 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. Both locations were inspected by the UN Special Commission in the past and are located in the middle of the desert.

An UNMOVIC chemical team inspected the Al Basil Narawan, located 20 km east of Baghdad. This facility is part of the Al Basil Centre, which produces several chemicals, including sodium carbonates.

Hiro Ueki
Spokesman for UNMOVIC and the IAEA in Baghdad