Saddam's Steady March to the Bomb

(Ha'aretz) Ze'ev Schiff - American researchers and experts in nuclear affairs who have been monitoring Iraq's nuclear efforts have concluded that 15 companies from various countries, including Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S., were involved in the transfer of know-how and equipment to Baghdad's nuclear program before the Persian Gulf War. The UN's previous team of inspectors, UNSCOM, came across a number of classified documents attesting to Baghdad's nuclear program. Among the papers found was a sketch drawn by the Iraqis which pictures the structure of a nuclear bomb which they aspired to build. The drawing illustrates locations and amounts of enriched uranium, lead, and other materials, and also sketches detonators and an electrical system.

2002-12-10 00:00:00

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