IAEA Iraq Action Team
The Agency established
the "IAEA Iraq Action Team" on 15 April 1991 to carry its work with
the assistance and cooperation of the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM).
Between 1991 and 1998, the Action Team conducted 29 numbered inspections.
In addition, after establishing a permanent presence
in August 1994, it conducted more than 1500 OMV inspections, which
conducted with no prior announcement. These activities yielded a technically
coherent picture of Iraq's clandestine nuclear programme.
Agency implemented its mandate in Iraq until 16 December
1998, when it withdrew its personnel out of concern for their safety
and security. Resolution 1284
(1999) confirmed the mandate of the Agency as defined by the previous
relevant resolutions and replaced UNSCOM with the UN Monitoring,
Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC).
The IAEA Action
Team's activities since December 1998 have focused on preparations
to resume mandated activities in Iraq when the IAEA is requested
to do so. Specifically, the Action Team has:
and updated a detailed plan for resumption of activities in Iraq;
a revision of the list of items to be reported to the IAEA in
the context of the OMV plan and export-import mechanism;
additional analyses of the data and information available to or
recently obtained by the team;
its computerised inspection support and analytical tools; and
recently available commercial satellite imagery in its information
The Action Team,
which reports directly to the Director General, currently
has 15 staff members from 11 different nationalities.
Reports to the UN Security Council
1991 and 1996, the IAEA submitted two sets of
semi-annual reports to the UNSC. The first set of nine reports
dealt with the destruction, removal or rendering harmless of items
as requested in paragraph 12 of Resolution
687. The second set of eight reports dealt with OMV activities.
Resolution 1051 (1996) consolidated
the two previous reports into a single semi-annual report. The IAEA
has submitted 13 of these consolidated
to the semi-annual reports to the UNSC, the IAEA submitted 27 reports
of numbered IAEA inspections between 1991 and 1996. Except for
the first report, which covered the first and second numbered IAEA
inspections, and the nineteenth report, which covered the twentieth
and twenty-first numbered IAEA inspections, each report covers a
1997 report (Doc. S/1997/779)
includes a comprehensive summary of the IAEA's activities and achievements
in Iraq between April 1991 and October 1997. Reports S/1998/927
and S/1999/127 indicate the
level of understanding reached by the Agency prior to the suspension
of its resolution-related activities in Iraq. Other
reports give additional details on inspection, destruction and
monitoring activities during the periods they cover.
Iraq Action Team
Wagramer Strasse 5
P.O. Box 100
A-1400, Vienna, Austria
Fax: 43 1 2600-29580
2 July 2002, IAEA