- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 4, 2005

From the report of United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) Executive Chairman Richard Butler’s March 22-26, 1998, visit to Iraq:

10. The discussion then moved to the second item: the chemical agent VX. [UNSCOM] was still trying to verify that, as stated by Iraq, this agent had not been produced on an industrial scale nor had it been weaponized by Iraq. However, the assessment of the technical evaluation meeting on this matter had been that Iraq had the capability to produce and weaponize large quantities of VX. Therefore, further information and documentation from Iraq was needed.

11. [Iraq’s] Deputy Prime Minister [Tariq Aziz] challenged the methodology used by the Commission to reach that assessment …

12. The Executive Chairman said that [UNSCOM] was not merely extrapolating, but was employing the range of information at its disposal to verify the declarations made by Iraq …

13. The Executive Chairman reiterated … that there were still other major outstanding issues in the chemical area, such as material balance of all chemical munitions and all equipment for the production of chemical weapons.

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