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 Tuesday, 10 December, 2002, 12:04 GMT
Iraq dossier: First breakdown
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Iraq's declaration on its banned arms programme appears to contain the names of foreign suppliers - threatening potentially embarrassing revelations about countries involved.

The contents page of the mammoth document indicates that more than three dozen pages deal with sources which have supplied Iraq with materials to make weapons proscribed by the United Nations.

Page from declaration
The declaration runs to 12,000 pages
In the section on chemical weapons, some 34 pages list suppliers, eight pages cover contracts and agreements, and three pages deal with foreign technical assistance.

Countries including Bosnia, Yugoslavia and Ukraine have faced accusations of supplying military assistance to the Iraqis.

The declaration makes one mention of a bomb, referring to a "terminated radiation bomb project" in a section dealing with chemical weapons.

It also gives details of techniques used in the development of nuclear weapons - the kind of sensitive material the five nuclear powers on the UN Security Council did not want exposed to non-nuclear countries.

Experts from the UK, US, France, Russia and China are censoring potentially dangerous sections of the dossier before releasing a working version for wider distribution among the other members of the Security Council.

Nuclear declaration

The 12,000-page dossier, ordered by UN Security Council Resolution 1441, is meant to provide a complete account of Iraq's past and present weapons programme.

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The bulk of the nuclear section, running to nearly 2,500 pages, deals with Iraq's nuclear weapons activities up until 1991.

A smaller section covers the period between 1991 and 2000.

Aspects of Iraq's nuclear weapons programme covered in the index include:

  • Phases of development
  • Administrative organisation
  • Financial appropriations and procurements
  • Nuclear materials
  • Techniques, such as electromagnetic isotope separation and enrichment of lithium isotopes
  • Destruction and location of equipment

Chemical weapons

As well as mentioning foreign contracts, the section dealing with Iraq's chemical weapons programme includes details of imported precursor chemicals - products used to manufacture other compounds.

Sarin rockets destroyed by Iraq after the Gulf War
The dossier contains details of Iraq's chemical weapons programme
The chemical compounds ricin toxin, chlorine and phenol are mentioned.

The chemical declaration also covers:

  • Terminated radiation bomb project
  • Research and development activities
  • Production equipment and empty munitions from a former chemical weapons programme
  • Production facilities, including chemical production sites, university departments and government ministries
  • Destruction of chemical munitions, agents and precursors

Biological weapons

The declaration relating to Iraq's biological weapons programme details activities at named facilities, but does not mention any biological products.

It also includes:

  • Study of converting fighter aircraft to remote controlled aircraft
  • Organisational chart and military institutions connected to former biological weapons development

Missile programme

The largest section of the declaration deals with Iraq's ballistic missile programme.

It covers work on missiles with a range exceeding 150 kilometres (93 miles), banned by UN resolutions following the 1991 Gulf War.

The section also contains:

  • Chronological summary of Iraq's ballistic missile programme
  • Details of 11 projects, including foreign procurements
  • Actual use of ballistic missile power
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