The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003.
The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings that could help trace the whereabouts of Saddam's missile and WMD program.
The briefing contained satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites before and during the war. Council members were shown photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, and then saw a satellite image of the same location in February 2004, in which facilities had disappeared.
UNMOVIC acting executive chairman Demetrius Perricos told the council on June 9 that "the only controls at the borders are for the weight of the scrap metal, and to check whether there are any explosive or radioactive materials within the scrap," Middle East Newsline reported.
"It's being exported," Perricos said after the briefing. "It's being traded out. And there is a large variety of scrap metal from very new to very old, and slowly, it seems the country is depleted of metal."
"The removal of these materials from Iraq raises concerns with regard to proliferation risks," Perricos told the council. Perricos also reported that inspectors found Iraqi WMD and missile components shipped abroad that still contained UN inspection tags.
He said the Iraqi facilities were dismantled and sent both to Europe and around the Middle East. at the rate of about 1,000 tons of metal a month. Destionations included Jordan, the Netherlands and Turkey.
The Baghdad missile site contained a range of WMD and dual-use components, UN officials said. They included missile components, reactor vessel and fermenters – the latter required for the production of chemical and biological warheads.
"It raises the question of what happened to the dual-use equipment, where is it now and what is it being used for," Ewen Buchanan, Perricos's spokesman, said. "You can make all kinds of pharmaceutical and medicinal products with a fermenter. You can also use it to breed anthrax."
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 11:59 AM
Interesting that engines from banned rockets have ended up in scrap yards in Jordan. Equally interesting is that The Leader of Libya ...Ka daffy...so graciously gave up all that mustard gas...while at the very same time planning the assassination of the leader of Saudi Arabia.
once i believed that starlight could guide me home
now i know that light is old and stars are cold
And now the US is gonna be screwed when everyone votes for Kerry because "Bush lied" when he really didn't. Stupid friggin media and dumb people...You notice not many other news companies are picking this up. I guess it doesn't fit their "agenda".
Yeah maybe,but I remember how extremly secretive they were with all the rubble from the towers.Some people(conspiracy th.)think , that there were traces of demolishion explosives fused within the rubble and stell.
So where did this story come from? (And I emphasize the word story) here's a link to a little background about the "world tribune." Try to be a little more discerning about your sources and maybe people will take you more seriously.