May 5, 1998 |
The International Atomic Energy Agency is investigating whether a top Pakistani scientist offered Iraq plans for nuclear weapons. IAEA spokesman David Kyd on Monday confirmed a Newsweek magazine report that his agency is looking into a secret Iraqi memorandum naming Abdul Qadeer Khan as offering to sell designs for a nuclear bomb. Newsweek identified Qadeer Khan as Pakistan's top nuclear weapons scientist but said he had denied involvement.
April 28, 1998 |
For the first time since the U.N. began dismantling Iraq's weapons programs after the Persian Gulf War, the United States is prepared to recognize significant cooperation by Baghdad in reducing its illegal arsenal, U.S. Ambassador Bill Richardson said Monday. "One has to acknowledge progress that has been made" in curbing Iraq's nuclear warfare capability and in Baghdad's adherence to an agreement with U.N.
December 7, 1997 |
President Clinton has ordered adoption of a revised U.S. policy statement on nuclear weapons that explicitly scraps the Cold War's central emphasis on the threat from the former Soviet Union while laying new stress on the danger posed by rogue states such as Iraq. After more than a half-year's study, Clinton has signed a new version of the "presidential decision directive" that instructs the secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff on how to target the military's nuclear weapons.
August 26, 1995 |
Iraq launched a crash effort in 1990 to produce a nuclear bomb for use against U.S.-led forces massing in the Persian Gulf after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, U.S. and U.N. officials disclosed Friday. The effort, which accelerated an existing nuclear weapons program, was aimed at producing a weapon for use by April, 1991. The project was a response to the massive buildup in the Gulf region by a U.S.-led coalition that took Baghdad by surprise, according to Pentagon sources.
June 9, 1995 |
A yearlong undercover investigation into the black market trade in nuclear materials from the former Soviet Union ended Thursday with the seizure of seven tons of zirconium sold to U.S. agents posing as arms buyers for Iraq. Five tons were seized in New York where three men, referred to by undercover agents as "the Greeks," were arrested and charged with export violations. One is the former president of a Manhattan bank. It was the largest confiscation of such materials in U.S. history.
August 29, 1993 |
Iraq said Saturday that it was postponing talks with the United Nations on future monitoring of its weapons program because Washington had reneged on an agreement to provide security for the Iraqi delegation. The talks on arms control and monitoring, set to open in New York on Tuesday, are part of an accord struck last month during a visit to Baghdad by Rolf Ekeus, head of the U.N. commission scrapping Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.