IAEA finds no evidence of revival of Iraqi nuclear weapons programme

17 October 2003

The UN agency charged with uncovering evidence of an Iraqi nuclear weapons programme has found no such evidence, according to a report issued today.

The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), dated 10 October but released today after UN Secretary General Kofi Annan officially delivered it to the Security Council, said that despite the war and occupation, the agency has been able, "with the support of Member States, to continue with some of its investigations outside of Iraq," and follow up previous inspections with subsequent analysis. IAEA investigators also conducted inspections inside Iraq for a week in June.

The IAEA statement said, "Those post-inspections activities have revealed no evidence of the revival of a nuclear weapons programme in Iraq."