Skip to comments.Iraq Survey Chief Duelfer: Saddam Was Developing Nukes
Posted on 08/05/2004 9:49:10 AM PDT by bubman
Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 11:37 a.m. EDT Iraq Survey Chief Duelfer: Saddam Was Developing Nukes
Saddam Hussein had an active nuclear weapons development program at the time of the U.S. invasion in March 2003, chief U.S. weapons inspector Charles Duelfer has told Congress.
In comments that received virtually no press coverage in the United States, Duelfer testified that Iraq was "preserving and expanding its knowledge to design and develop nuclear weapons." One Iraqi laboratory "was intentionally focused on research applicable for nuclear weapons development," the top weapons inspector said.
Duelfer's stunning assessment, delivered in March of this year, was first reported last week by renowned historian William Shawcross, in a column for Britain's Guardian newspaper. The former U.N. weapons inspector, who replaced David Kay as head of the CIA's Iraq Survey Group last year, said that Saddam was financing his nuclear program by misappropriating funds from the U.N.'s Oil-for-Food Program.
According to Duelfer, Saddam was able to use Oil-for-Food to boost his military procurement budget to $500 million annually &$0150; a 100-fold increase from 1996 to 2003.
Most of the recent nuclear research took place at Iraq's notorious al Tuwaitha weapons facility, where Saddam had stockpiled over 500 tons of yellow cake uranium ore since before the first Gulf War.
Iraq was also in talks with North Korea on the possibility of importing a 1,300 km missile system, the ISG chief revealed. Foreign missile experts were working in Iraq in defiance of U.N. sanctions, and had helped Iraq redesign the al-Samoud missile.
Saddam's 500-plus-ton uranium stockpile was being monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the same agency that had responsibility for monitoring North Korea's nuclear program throughout the 1990s. In October 2002 Pyongyang stunned IAEA inspectors with the announcement that it was ready to produce nuclear weapons.
In June of this year, the U.S. Energy Department removed 1.8 tons of low-enriched uranium from al Tuwaitha.
Ivan Oelrich, a physicist at the Federation of American Scientists, told the Associated Press at the time that the low-enriched uranium stockpile could have produced enough highly enriched uranium to make a single nuclear bomb.
In March 2003, Vice President Dick Cheney said there was evidence that Iraq was reconstituting its nuclear weapons program, but the claim was widely dismissed by congressional investigators as well as U.S. reporters.
Does this mean that the Dem talking heads are lining up to move the goal-posts, again?
i wont believe it till saddam drops a nuke right in downtown, and even then it better have his name on it
What is CNN......?
When the dims go quite on a talking point subject you know they are erecting the goal posts elsewhere. Heard anything about WMDs lately?
"There is still no evidence that any US city was ever devastated by an Iraqi nuclear weapon. Therefore, Bush lied to us." [/sarcasm]
That's Funny! It's also true.
So do you think we should wait around until that happens?
Let's not forget that we DID get our hands on many of Saddam's WMD - the scientists and skilled technicians. It is one thing to find the fish (bombs, shells, poisons, etc.) but quite another to find the fishermen (scientists, etc.) to borrow an old parable.
But I'm worried that France will say that (so far as they know) all of N Korea's nuclear weapons have been used. No evidence, you see, that they have any more. Therefore, there is no longer an "imminent threat" and so, "No, you cannot respond. We do, however, have a proposal for a Food-for-Kimchi effort which should give billions of dollars to N Korea. Care to help?"
Where is the picture of Daschle being soooo disappointed.
So he mentioned Saddam was trying to get nukes?
If he did, I will bet that caused seizures in the audience.
I don't understand why you completely avoid Bush's draft-dodging National Guard non-service...
...not to mention Enron...
As I've been told by more than one lady: tryin' ain't gettin'.
Now really. They hadn't even begun underground testing yet. How could we possibly consider this a threat?
Getting real again: Whatever happened to that story that Saddam had shipped a bunch of nuclear engineers to Libya and that was where the real work was going on?
still waiting on those test from oak ridge of the stuff from Al Tuaitha - to see if it matches up with the Libya material.
You put your oil for food money down ... step up to the bazaar, or send Libya to stand in for you.
And then (no matter when ) you'd blame Bush. Type in "laser isotope separation" and Iraq into google sometime and see what the Clinton administration was allowing them to develop. It is a technique that would let them refine uranium far better than the centrifuge method that libs so gleefully dismissed as being phony.
i was being sarcastic :)
Good point. The dems know that they can't play the WMD card anymore...since WMDs were found.
After the Sarin and Mustard find...they changed their rhetoric to......."Well....its not a big stock pile".
So let me see if I get the democraps straight.
They are so big on quotas...that there has to be a certain bench mark quota of dead people for it to matter?!
Here is the testimony!
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