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cia_65343_65343_01.txt
Subject: IRAQI NUCLEAR PROGRAM
Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence
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MAY 91
SUBJ:           IRAQI NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM  (INWP)
SUMMARY:           REPORT PROVIDES DETAILS OF IRAQ'S NUCLEAR
WEAPONS DEVELOPEMENT PROGRAM.
TEXT: 1.           IRAQI NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM (INWP)
CONSISTS OF SEVEN DISTINCT FACILITIES INVOLVED IN RESEARCH AND
PRODUCTION, USING ADAPTED COPIES OF FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY, FOREIGN
EQUIPMENT, AND LARGE NUMBERS OF EDUCATED IRAQI SCIENTISTS AND
TECHNICIANS IN HIGH-INVESTMENT PROJECTS. THE GOAL OF THE INWP
IS TO DEVELOP AN INDEPENDENT SELF-SUFFICIENT CAPABILITY TO
PRODUCE NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO IMPLEMENT IRAQI NATIONAL POLICY.
INWP PLANTS
AL-DIYALLA PLANT (ARABIC - MUWAMAL
AL-DIYALLA), LOCATED AT JISSR AL-DIYALLA
THE
PLANT LED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ON ENRICHMENT OF URANIUM BY
ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD SEPARATION (EMF), AND WAS DEVOTED TO
THE COMPLEX WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY COALITION
AIR BOMBING.
AL-SAFAA PLANT (ARABIC - MUWAMAL
AL-SAFAA'), LOCATED IN THE CITY OF AL-TARMIA, NORTH OF THE
AL-TAJJI MILITARY COMPLEX. THE PLANT CONVERTED URANIUM U-238
INTO U-235 (35 PERCENT) AND U-238 (65 PERCENT). PRODUCTS WERE
SENT TO THE AL-ASEE PLANT FOR FURTHER REFINING INTO U-235
WEAPONS-GRADE URANIUM. THE PLANT WAS 50 PERCENT DESTROYED BY
COALITION AIR BOMBING.
SAFETY PROCEDURES - NONE NOTED. IRAQI HAD NO
SENSE OF SAFETY OR SPECIFICATION; FOR EXAMPLE, SOME TECHNICIANS
CARRIED RADIOACTIVE WASTE TO DUMP SITES IN THEIR PRIVATE CARS
AND WITHOUT SPECIAL COVERING OR PROTECTIVE WRAPPING
THE PRIMARY MISSION FOR PC-3 IS THE PRODUCTION
OF ENRICHED URANIUM. DURING THE MID-80'S, FOUR PRODUCTION
METHODS WERE EXPERIMENTED WITH - LASER, DIFFUSION, CENTRIFUSION
AND ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD SEPARATION. CENTRIFUSION WAS ALSO
SUCCESSFUL, BUT NOT PRACTICAL, DUE TO THE EQUIPMENT INVOLVED.
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