posted on Feb, 18 2003 @ 03:52 PM
Former Iraqi nuclear researcher says Baghdad still has hidden stash of chemical and biological weapons
Hussain Al-Shahristani, former chief adviser to the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission, said he believes Iraqís nuclear program has been dismantled, but
Saddam still has chemical and biological weapons.
He said such weapons are relatively easy to make and that Saddam has "mobile" laboratories that roam the countryside, making it hard for U.N.
weapons inspectors to find them.
He said stockpiles of those weapons are also located underground and in tunnels.
ìSaddam has mastered his concealment tactics,î Al-Shahristani said in a TV interview in the Philippines. ìHe has appointed thousands of security
officers and trained them well in hiding these weapons."
Despite this, Al-Shahristani said, Saddam does not have the technological capability to use biological or chemical weapons in attacks on other
countries -- unless he gives his weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups who can smuggle them into other nations.
The former scientist was jailed in 1979 for refusing to take part in Saddam's nuclear weapons development program, but he escaped from prison in 1991
during the chaos following the Gulf War.
He now heads the British-based Iraqi Refugee Aid Council.
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