Skip to comments.2002 Document: Request for Precursor That Can Be Used To Make VX Nerve Gas (Translation)
Posted on 09/05/2006 11:49:36 AM PDT by jveritas
Document ISGQ-2005-00023243 is dated September 19 2002 and it is letter from the Chairman of the Chemistry department in the Iraqi Atomic Energy Organization where he is asking to provide him some Chemical Materials that can be used as Precursors for making Chemical Weapons mainly the Phosphorus Pentasulfide that can be used as a main Precursor to make VX Nerve Gas the deadliest of all Chemical Weapons. Other materials on the list like Phosphorus oxychloride, Thiophosphoryl Chloride and Thionyl Chloride that can also be used to make Chemical Gas weapons. All these materials are called the dual use where it can be used for some non military purposes but it can be used as main Precusrors to make Chemical weapons. These materials fall under the LIST A of the UN resolutions where Iraq is allowed to import under very strict rules but not to manufacture it.
The important material here the large quantity of Phosphorus Pentasulfide a main Precursor for VX Nerve Gas. In their March 6 2003 report, the UN Iraq weapons inspectors wrote under the VX Gas section that Iraq should Present any outstanding quantities of Phosphorus Trichloride and Phorsphorus Pentasulfide, or provide credible evidence that all quantity imported have been consumed, destroyed or spoiled, http://www.un.org/depts/unmovic/documents/6mar.pdf#search=%22UNMOVIC%20report%20on%20March%206%202003%22 (page 85 on UN pdf document).
The translation below include does not include all the materials on the list but shows only the material that are dual use and that can be used as Precursors to make Chemical Weapons.
Beginning of the translation of ISGQ-2005-00023243
In the name of God the most Merciful the most compassionate
The Republic of Iraq
The Atomic Energy Organization
The Chairmanship of the Chemistry and Materials and Department
To the Respected Brother Dr. Abdel Satar Al Taai.
Subject: List of the primary materials.
In regards to the phone conversation, the local material from the list sent according to our letter 215 on 9/11 were brought back so please replace with the attached list.
Dr. Hisham Mahmod Ahmad
Chairman of The Chemistry and Materials department.
3. Material: Thionyl Chloride, Description: GPR. Quantity: 1 KG.
10. Material: Phosphorus Oxycholride: Description: GPR. Quantity: 3.5 Liter
30. Material:Thiophosphoryl Chloride. Description: 97%. Quantity: 1 Liter.
42. Phosphorus Pentasulfide. Description: 99%. Quantity: 5,500 KG.
Thanks for the ping!
Do you have like a bullet, easy access list of what's been found in the documents regarding WMD that you could post?
Thanks Mark. I think I should do a bullet showing the most important finds so far in these documents regarding the WMD issue.
"In the name of Allah....
Once again, a heartfelt thank you for your service to mankind.
Thank you very much just doing my little duty :)
No little about it, and no 'just' either. Proud to know that you post here. You are a giant among us.
Great work! Thousands of pages of these documents and the MSM is still ignoring the facts.
Thank you Joseph.
Thanks for the ping, and thanks to jveritas for doing the world yet another huge favor!
Thanks for the great PING!
As always, fabulous work, Joseph! You are unearthing a treasure-trove of information! It's all coming together for those who "have eyes to see".
Iraq and VX
".. Iraq appears to have settled on a production method which involved preparing EMPTA as a precursor. This process is not considered the optimal route for VX manufacture, but it is thought that the Iraqis settled on it because the EMPTA route allows for production and isolation of VX in a simple final stage, which could be carried out in the field if necessary..."
The process is simple enough that EMPTA is practically a WMD by itself, at least the Clinton administration thought so when they ordered the Cruise missile attack below. If the documents point to EMPTA, that is a WMD.
[snip]...."On August 20, 1998, the al-Shifa Pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum, Sudan was destroyed by U.S. cruise missiles. The reason cited for the destruction was the belief that the factory was producing VX precursors for the al Qaeda terrorist organization. Cited reasons for this belief included the presence of a VX precursor (EMPTA) in a soil sample taken from the vicinity of the factory and evidence that Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, had financial interests in the plant. However, questions were raised regarding the reliability of the information and it must currently be considered that the allegations that the plant was involved in precursor production are unproven."
"42. Phosphorus Pentasulfide. Description: 99%. Quantity: 5,500 KG."
5,500 KG is a lot. Do you know what else it could be used for?
"Phosphorus pentasulfide can be used to introduce a phosphorus bonded to a sulfur into an organic compound, such as V-type nerve agents including VX.
The most significant commercial use of phosphorus pentasulfide is in the manufacture of zinc dialkyldithiophosphates additives for high performance lubricants. It is also used in the manufacture of insecticides including chlorpyrifos and in the manufacture of thiophosphates used in mining for ore flotation."
EMPTA =O-Ethyl Methylphosphonothioic Acid. I will keep my eyes open for this chemical.