UNMOVIC IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq
News Update on Iraq Inspections
An UNMOVIC biological team inspected the Al Rabia Centre for Agricultural Research in Baghdad. The Centre, among others, conducts research on seeds, plants and plant by-products for specific agricultural or industrial applications. Another biological team, together with a member of the multidisciplinary team, inspected the Technical Military Depot for the Air Force, Al Taji.
An UNMOVIC missile team visited the Al Mutaseem site, approximately 90 km south of Baghdad, to tag Al Fatah missiles in support of the team’s effort to account for all of Al Fatah missiles. Another missile team inspected the Inskandariya Explosives Research and Development facility, which is now split into the Al Kudus Company and the Al Numan Company. The third missile team went to the Zaafaraniya Rocket Motor Test Stand, 17 km south of Baghdad, to verify that the site remains ineffective.
An UNMOVIC chemical team inspected a munitions depot outside Baghdad.
The IAEA inspected four sites: 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.