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13 December 2002 - 2002/48

Invitation to a Press Conference with IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei will hold a press conference on current issues facing the IAEA, including Iraq and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea .

Press arrangements:

Date: Friday, 13 December 2002

Time: 15:30

Location: IAEA Headquarters, Vienna International Centre. (Room will be announced at the security gate. If arriving by car, please inquire about the room as of 12:00 with Ms. Peteriina Vainola, 2600-21275).

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12 December 2002 - 2002/1212

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 12 December 2002

An UNMOVIC team attended a test launch of a short-range ballistic missile being developed by Iraq. The test took place at a test range approximately 200 km west of Baghdad. The missile is a modified version of a missile already owned by Iraq. The missile range falls within that allowed under the UN resolutions. The UNMOVIC team was able to examine the missile before launch to verify its configuration.

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11 December 2002 - 2002/1112b

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 11 December 2002

An UNMOVIC team visited the Al Fatah factory of the Al Karama State Company. This site is located in the northwest outskirts of Baghdad. The factory is a new site, which commenced operations in 1999 and was included in the Iraqi declaration of 1 October 2002. Further construction is continuing. The site is concerned principally with the manufacture of mechanical parts for the guidance and control system of the Al Samood ballistic missile, as well as parts of the engine and airframe.

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11 December 2002 - 2002/1112

News Update on Iraq Inspections

The following is provided as guidance to the news media and remains subject to change. For additional coverage, see WorldAtom's pages on IAEA and Iraq.

Present Schedule

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10 December 2002 - 2002/1012

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 10 December 2002

An UNMOVIC Biological team carried out inspection at two sites, National Project for Controlling Brucellosis and Tuberculosis (NPCBT); and Saddam Center for Biotechnology (SCB). The NPCBT was declared and monitored before 1998. The site inspection was a re-baseline inspection based on the Iraqi declaration of 1 October 2002. The site has limited equipment for small batch production of animal vaccine and diagnostics. The SCB is a newly declared site and a detailed baseline inspection was completed.

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9 December 2002 - 2002/0912

News Update on Iraq Inspections

The following is provided as guidance to the news media and remains subject to change. For additional coverage, see WorldAtom's pages on IAEA and Iraq.

Present Schedule

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8 December 2002 - 2002/0812

News Update on Iraq Inspections

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq

For full coverage, see the pages on IAEA and Iraq.

8 December 2002 -- An UNMOVIC team carried out an inspection of the Falluja III site of the Al-Tariq Company. This site is located in the Falluja district about 100 km west of Baghdad.

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7 December 2002 - 2002/0712b

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on Inspection Activities in Iraq, 7 December 2002

An UNMOVIC team carried out an inspection of the Al-Kudus Company, which is situated in the Iskandariyah area about 50 km south of Baghdad.

The company was formed in September 2002 and occupies a site where it was previously intended to house a wind tunnel. Reconstruction of the site for the new research center supporting military applications is still proceeding.

The site and all its key buildings were inspected and the objectives of the visit were successfully achieved.

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7 December 2002 - 2002/0712

News Update on Iraq Inspections

UNMOVIC/IAEA Press Statement on the Handover of the Iraqi Declaration, 7 December 2002

For full coverage, see the pages on IAEA and Iraq.

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6 December 2002 - 2002/0612

News Update on Iraq Inspections: IAEA, UN Inspectors Visit More Sites, 6 December 2002

Based on reports from the UN, inspectors visited Al-Mutanna, north of Baghdad, where Iraq once had a chemical weapons (CW) warfare programme. During past visits to the site before the 1998 suspension of the UN arms probe, thousands of CW shells and agents had been destroyed by the UN. Dimitri Perricos, the leader of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspections Commission (UNMOVIC) inspection team, told reporters today that experts wanted to know if some shells containing mustard gas, which were left out at the site, were still stored there. Mr.

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