- The Washington Times - Monday, March 6, 2006

From Sunday Times (London), Dec. 24, 2000:

Saddam Hussein has ordered his scientists to resume work on a programme aimed at making a nuclear bomb, a defector warned yesterday. The Iraqi dictator, whose efforts to make atomic weapons were thwarted by the United Nations inspectors after the Gulf War in 1991, revived the plans two years ago, the defector said. Scientists who had previously worked on the weapons programme were made to return to their duties in August 1998, four months before Saddam expelled the inspectors. According to Salman Yassin Zweir, a design engineer who was employed by the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission for 13 years, the instruction came in a document marked “top secret” which identified a research centre on Al-Jadriya Street, Baghdad, as the headquarters of the new operation. Zweir was arrested and tortured after refusing to go back to the programme. He escaped to Jordan, where he spoke for the first time last week … “Saddam is very proud of his nuclear team,” said Zweir, 39. “He will never give up the dream of being the first Arab leader to have a nuclear bomb.”

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