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21 December 2002 - 2002/2112

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 21 December 2002

A multidisciplinary UNMOVIC team carried out an inspection of the Samoud Scrap Yard site, located approximately 54 km northwest of Baghdad in the area of Tarmiya. The site belongs to the Samoud Company. The scrap in the site is sent to the Al Samoud factory to be reprocessed into steel in its heavy foundry. A multidisciplinary team of chemists, toxicologists and missile experts inspected all areas of the site.

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20 December 2002 - 2002/2012

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 20 December 2002

An UNMOVIC chemical team inspected the Tuwaitha Industrial Chemical Research Centre. Even though it was a Muslim day of rest and there was only a guard at the Centre, the site was made available to full inspection. All managers of the departments of the Centre, who arrived shortly after the inspection began, briefed the UNMOVIC team about the current activities of their departments.

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19 December 2002 - 2002/1912

IAEA, UN Chiefs Brief Press, 19 December 2002 (Unofficial Transcript)

Blix: Good morning. Mr. El-Baradei and I had been briefing the [Security] Council on our preliminary assessment of the declaration submitted by Iraq. I also told the Council of this -- about the build-up of our efforts in Iraq, and the first experiences of the inspections. As to the assessment of the declaration, we are consistent in the view that there has been relatively little given in the declaration, by way of evidence, concerning the programmes of weapons of mass destruction.

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19 December 2002 - 2002/1912b

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 19 December 2002

Two UNMOVIC teams of missile inspectors visited separate locations in missile activity. One team inspected the Ibn Firnas State Company, which is located about 18 km northwest of Baghdad. The company is owned by the Military Industrialization Corporation and conducts work on aircraft and remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) for the Armed Forces. Most of the work is of a research and development nature. The second missile team traveled approximately 45 km from their headquarters to the site of the Al-Harith Missile Maintenance Workshop.

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18 December 2002 - 2002/1812

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 18 December 2002

A multidisicplinary UNMOVIC team carried out an inspection of the Nassr Company for Mechanical Industries. This site is located 46 km to the northwest of Baghdad. The company has three plants: foundry, moulds and steel structures. The site is engaged in the production of steel structures, forging casts, and moulds and fixtures for different industrial uses. All key buildings were inspected and a number of tagged dual-use items of equipment were identified.

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17 December 2002 - 2002/1712

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 17 December 2002

One UNMOVIC biological team inspected the Department of Biotechnology-College of Sciences at Baghdad University at Al-Jadiriyia in Baghdad. The University is a State-run institution and under the Ministry of Education. This site was previously declared and monitored. The Department carries out basic research and teaching for Master's and Doctoral degree students.

Another biological team headed for Mosul to inspect previously declared biological sites in the region.

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16 December 2002 - 2002/1612

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 16 December 2002

Two UNMOVIC teams of missile inspectors visited separate locations involved in missile activity. One team visited the Saad General Company, which is located in central Baghdad and is owned by the Military Industrialization Corporation. The company is an engineering firm, which carries out engineering design work, construction and commissioning of projects. The second team inspected the Taji Fiberglass production plant, now part of the Thaat Al Sawary plant. When last inspected in 1998, the fiberglass plant employed very few people. Today it employs over 200 people.

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15 December 2002 - 2002/1512

News Update on Iraq Inspections

Two UNMOVIC teams of missile inspectors visited separate locations involved in missile activity. One team inspected the Tho Al Fekar factory, which is located about 40 km northwest of Baghdad. The factory belongs to the Al Rasheed State Company. It is concerned with the manufacture of mechanical parts for several solid propellant rockets. The other team went to the Al Mutassem Solid Rocket Plant, which is owned by the Military Industrialization Corporation.

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14 December 2002 - 2002/1412

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 14 December 2002

One UNMOVIC biological team went back to the Communicable Diseases Control Centre in Baghdad this morning. The team removed the tagged seals from the locked rooms and inspected the laboratories inside. The team did not find any signs of break-in or break-in attempts on the rooms, including windows. The inspection was completed in about one hour. This team then joined the main biological team, which inspected the Al Tuwaitha complex.

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13 December 2002 - 2002/1312

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 13 December 2002

An UNMOVIC team went to inspect the Communicable Diseases Control Centre in Baghdad today. The Centre is a government facility under the Ministry of Health. This site was included in the Iraqi declaration of 1 October 2002 and is a new site. The same team had confirmed the location of the site on 10 December and decided to inspect the site today.

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