Along the Tracks

Monday, January 27, 2003
 

Mustard gas precursor update 2


The UNMOVIC website has a documents file which includes this listing of banned substances and dual-use items. Interestingly, thiodiglycol (p. 16 on the document) is not mentioned with the dual-use chemicals, but rather among:
“chemicals that have little or no use except as chemical warfare agents or for the development, production or acquisition of chemical weapons, or which have been used by Iraq as essential precursors for chemical weapons and are, therefore, prohibited to Iraq, save under the procedure for special exceptions provided for in paragraph 32 of the Plan.”

Paragraph 32 of the Plan says:
“Chemicals that have little or no use except as chemical warfare agents or for the development, production or acquisition of chemical weapons or which have been used by Iraq as essential precursors for chemical weapons are set forth in list B of annex II. Iraq shall not retain, use, transfer, develop, produce, store, import or otherwise acquire these chemicals. Should Iraq require any chemical specified in list B of annex II, it shall submit a request to the Special Commission specifying precisely the chemical and the quantities required, the site or facility where it is to be used and the purpose of its use. The Special Commission will examine and decide on the request and establish the special arrangements it considers consistent with resolution 687 (1991).”

I think the “shall not” is pretty definitive. And if you’re wondering, after looking through the UNSCOM and UNMOVIC document listings, I don’t see any evidence Iraq has ever requested or received any exceptions as listed in paragraph 32 of the Plan.
Frankly, you can’t get much closer to a smoking gun than this - without shooting your foot off. This seems like big news to me, so why is the media not jumping all over it?


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