Iraq's civil nuclear programme
Iraq's long standing civil nuclear power programme is limited to small
scale research. Activities that could be used for military purposes are
prohibited by UNSCR 687 and 715.
Iraq has no nuclear power plants and therefore no requirement for
uranium as fuel.
Iraq has a number of nuclear research programmes in the fields of
agriculture, biology, chemistry, materials and pharmaceuticals. None of
these activities requires more than tiny amounts of uranium which Iraq
could supply from its own resources.
Iraq's research reactors are non operational; two were bombed and one
was never completed.
21. Intelligence shows that other important procurement activity since 1998 has
included attempts to purchase:
vacuum pumps which could be used to create and maintain pressures in a gas
centrifuge cascade needed to enrich uranium; 
an entire magnet production line of the correct specification for use in the
motors and top bearings of gas centrifuges. It appears that Iraq is attempting
to acquire a capability to produce them on its own rather than rely on foreign
Anhydrous Hydrogen Fluoride (AHF) and fluorine gas. AHF is commonly
used in the petrochemical industry and Iraq frequently imports significant
amounts, but it is also used in the process of converting uranium into
uranium hexafluoride for use in gas centrifuge cascades; 
one large filament winding machine which could be used to manufacture
carbon fibre gas centrifuge rotors;
a large balancing machine which could be used in initial centrifuge
balancing work. 
22. Iraq has also made repeated attempts covertly to acquire a very large quantity
(60,000 or more) of specialised aluminium tubes. The specialised aluminium in
question is subject to international export controls because of its potential
application in the construction of gas centrifuges used to enrich uranium,
although there is no definitive intelligence that it is destined for a nuclear
Nuclear weapons: timelines
23. In early 2002, the JIC assessed that UN sanctions on Iraq were hindering the
import of crucial goods for the production of fissile material. The JIC judged

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