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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


Nuclear Weapons

Sudan does not possess nuclear weapons, nor are there any indications that Sudan is attempting to acquire nuclear weapons. In addition, there are no nuclear facilities in Sudan. However, according to some reports, Iraq in the Summer of 1991 transferred some nuclear material to Sudan for temporary storage. This program was said to have continued into mid 1992 with fissionable material, documents, and weapons' sub-systems being shipped via Jordan utilizing Sudanese diplomatic mail privileges. For example, it is said that a truck carrying "furniture" from the Sudanese Embassy in Iraq to Khartoum in mid January 1992 was actually loaded with barrels of uranium.

Among the Iraqi material sent to Sudan were said to be approximately 27.5 pounds of 93% U-235 which had been originally supplied to Iraq by France for use in the French-built Osiraq research reactor. However, it is claimed that the bulk of the nuclear materials was shipped forward to the Algerian reactor in Ain-Oussera -- a PRC-built reactor with military/weapons development capacity. Algeria is said to still be storing the Iraqi nuclear equipment and radioactive materials.




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