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IAEA Media Advisory 2003/1101 (11 January 2003)

News Update on Iraq Inspections

2003 |UNMOVIC IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq. 11 January 2003

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11 January 2003 -- An UNMOVIC team of missile inspectors traveled 68 km north of Baghdad to inspect the Ibn Sina Centre. In this large centre, which is also known as Tarmiyah, the team inspected several buildings to verify the equipment and raw materials used in chemical processes liked to missile activities, such as the production of ammonium perchlorate for solid propellants and the regeneration of oxidizer and fuel used in liquid propulsion.

An UNMOVIC multidisciplinary team flew by helicopter approximately 300 km west northwest of Baghdad to inspect an airfield, which is currently not operating as an airfield.

An UNMOVIC chemical team inspected five Colleges belonging to Tiklit University, approximately 200 km northwest of Baghdad. These were the Colleges of Science, Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine and Women’s Education.

An UNMOVIC biological team returned to the two sites they had visited yesterday for further inspection. These were the State Company for Drugs and Medical Appliances Marketing at Al Addile and the same company located at Al Dabash.

A Mosul-based multidisciplinary team inspected the Mosul Dairy Plant in Mosul city to determine the status of current activities and to verify the previously tagged equipment.

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.

Hiro Ueki
Spokesman for UNMOVIC and the IAEA in Baghdad