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Iraqs Nuclear Weapons Program:
Nuclear Control Institute
May 12, 1998
- Many important weapons-design drawings and reports are still missing.
- The status of R&D on advanced weapons designs (boosted, thermonuclear) remains unclear.
- Documentation of research on explosive lenses remains incomplete. Some key design drawings are still missing.
- The extent of outside assistance offered to or received by Iraq, including a reported offer of an actual nuclear weapon design, remains unresolved.
- Almost all centrifuge design documents and drawings are missing.
- Information is incomplete and drawings are missing related to Iraqs super-critical centrifuge R&D program.
- Significant inconsistencies exist between Iraqi and foreign testimony on the amount of foreign assistance and components provided to the centrifuge program.
Missing Components and Equipment
- Not all "Group 4" nuclear weaponization equipment has been located or accounted for.
- Some uranium-conversion components remain unaccounted for.
- A plutonium-beryllium neutron source, potentially useful as a neutron initiator for a nuclear bomb, is still missing.
Uranium Stocks and Enrichment Program
- Large stockpiles of natural uranium remain in Iraq.
- Historical uranium MUFs for Iraqs uranium conversion and enrichment are large. Over three tons of uranium remains unaccounted for.
- The credibility of low (20%) historical capacity for EMIS (calutron) uranium enrichment reported by Iraq is open to question.
Iraqi Reporting to the IAEA
- The completeness of Iraqs FFCD (Full, Final and Complete Declaration) is questionable. No information is publicly available on this report.
- The completeness of Iraqs report on the technical achievements of its weaponization .program is unknown. No information is publicly available on this report.
- Many documents seized by Iraq during the "parking lot stand-off" in September 1991 were never returned to the IAEA and remain unaccounted for, including key centrifuge documents.
- It is not publicly known whether all the documents from the Haider House cache have been translated and fully analyzed.
Iraqi Concealment Activities
- Iraq now officially denies that a governmental committee to minimize impact of NPT violations ever existed, even though Iraq itself first revealed the committee to the IAEA.
- Reports on Iraqi nuclear teams interactions with IAEA inspectors are incomplete.
- It is not publicly known whether Iraqs report on their post-war concealment activities has been completed and reviewed.
- Iraq has not enacted a criminal law to punish violations of UN resolutions.
Post-war Nuclear Program Activities
- Conversion of former weapons program facilities has not been fully documented.
- Documentation of ongoing activities at former weapons facilities remains incomplete.
- Information is inconsistent on the date of termination of weapons activity at the Al Atheer weapons facility.
- No evidence of any Iraqi decree to halt the nuclear weapons program.
- Extent of Iraqs post-war foreign procurement network has not been documented.
NCI's report, "Iraq and the Bomb: The Nuclear Threat Continues," is available on the web at http://www.nci.org/sadb.htm
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