U.N. inspectors prepare to return to Iraq within days
By The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
CAIRO -- U.N. inspectors will return to Iraq in the coming days following an official invitation from the new government, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Tuesday.
Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters in Cairo that Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari had formally asked his agency to return.
The inspectors, who will continue their work to ensure that Iraq complies with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, will leave as soon as safety arrangements have been made, agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said from IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. ElBaradei estimated they would depart in the next few days.
The inspectors will go to the Tuwaitha facility, 12 miles south of Baghdad, where they will "do an inventory verification on the nuclear material remaining in Iraq," Fleming added.
Besides safeguards inspectors, the agency also had weapons inspectors in Iraq who searched for nuclear weapons under a mandate issued by the U.N. Security Council. Those inspectors left just before the war began in 2003.
"The return of U.N. inspectors to Iraq is an urgent necessity; not to search for weapons of mass destruction, but to write the final report about the nonexistence of (such) weapons ... in Iraq, which will enable the lifting of sanctions," ElBaradei said in Cairo.
Sorry I don't believe the story. Nuclear Warheads don't grow on trees.
Would be poetic justice to see the nuclear weapons found AFTER the UN issues the report that none existed.
LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS
We all need to remember this.
It's still a DANGEROUS situation over there. Lets just wait and see.