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Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari called in a speech to the UN General Assembly to help Iraq build a nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes.
Jaafari also said in his speech, “We seek to limit the arms only by the state,” noting that “we reject the referendum planned in Kurdistan.”
He stressed that “can not accept the unconstitutional measures by Erbil,” considering that “the referendum of Kurdistan is a violation of the Iraqi constitution.”
“We are keen on full compliance with UN resolutions,” he said.
He pointed out that “our position in Syria calls for a political solution,” noting that “we look forward to effective international participation in the reconstruction conference.”
Iraq signed in 1960 a final protocol to build a small experimental nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes with a capacity of 2 MW, between Iraq and the Soviet Union. Indeed, Moscow has handed Baghdad enriched uranium 235 highly enriched, and initiated the rehabilitation, training and education of Iraqi experts to manage it.
In the 1980s, Iraq continued its quest to enrich uranium, especially during its eight-year war with Iran, but it suffered another setback. The reactor was damaged again because of the strikes of the international coalition, which launched raids after the Iraqi army entered Kuwait in 1991. .
According to the US administration, which reported the presence of chemical weapons in Iraq, in which the 2003 war was launched, the site was further destroyed and parts of it were settled on the ground. The reactor was looted and looted as US forces entered, and was targeted by groups that stole Iraqi state institutions, as other vital installations were the target of such thefts.
Nearly three decades after the Iraqi nuclear reactor was bombed, Iraq is working to dismantle the reactors Saddam Hussein built to produce an atomic bomb. The Iraqi Ministry of Science and Technology is now working to train a number of other workers on the site to dismantle it. What is hampering the work is the area of pollution left by the reactor, so it is estimated that cleaning works from radiation and harmful materials can take several decades.
According to press reports, research groups found reservoirs filled with radiation-contaminated water in some buildings, and the United States spent about $ 70 million to ensure the transfer of about 550 tons of uranium oxide, known as the “yellow cake” to Canada.
Now that Iraq has been working for 48 years to build its nuclear reactors, without any nuclear activity, and non-beneficiary of what he built previously, it was destroyed shortly after construction, and after decades of destruction will damage the burial of these reactors Iraqis, and may cause serious cancer.