World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

UN interview of Iraqi scientist falls through


UN interview of Iraqi scientist falls through when he seeks alternate format

United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq who sought to interview one of the country's biological scientists did not hold the discussion after he objected to the format, a UN spokesman in Baghdad reported today.

The individual “showed up for the appointment alone but did not agree to the mode of interview” proposed by the UN Monitoring, Inspection and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC), spokesman Hiro Ueki said.

Meanwhile, the probe into Iraq's prohibited arms programme continued as an UNMOVIC chemical team went to Al Mutanna in order to prepare to destroy 10 155mm artillery shells and four plastic containers filled with mustard gas.

The destruction process will begin tomorrow and is expected to last four to five days, according to Mr. Ueki. “These artillery shells were scheduled to be destroyed by the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) in 1998 but the plan was halted when UNSCOM withdrew from Iraq,” he explained. “UNMOVIC ascertained on 4 December 2002 that these shells were still stored at Al Mutanna.”

For its part, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is looking into Baghdad's clandestine nuclear ambitions, today held “no-notice” inspections at Tuwaitha, 15 kilometres south of Baghdad.

Two mobile air samplers capable of measuring particulate nuclear matter have been deployed around the Iraqi capital for the last four days. “An IAEA team retrieved the two samplers and samples were taken,” Mr. Ueki said. “The samplers will be relocated in new positions tomorrow.”

Another IAEA team conducted a car-borne radiation survey of two military bases and surrounding areas in an area just south of Baghdad.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency... To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO: