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A frightened villager brings the lid of a barrel that contained uranium oxide (yellowcake) taken from the Tuwaitha nuclear facility, that was left unsecured by occupying forces after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The family used this radioactive barrel to store water and are complaining of rashes and skin problems.

Say no to war

Greenpeace is opposed to war, and we don't believe war is the answer to ridding the world of Weapons of Mass Destruction. That's one of the reasons why we took particular issue with the war on Iraq. We joined with people all over the world in months of global action to promote a non-violent solution to the conflict in Iraq.

We believedthe war was more about oil than about effectively dealing with weaponsof mass destruction. It would result in devastating human andenvironmental consequences, and set a dangerous (not to mentionillegal)precedent.

Though the occupyingforces were quick to secure Iraqi oil fields, they neglected tosafeguard dangerous nuclear material. Now that material has made itsway to homes and schools. Weapons of mass destruction, the alleged reason for the war in the first place, were never found.

Uranium and other nuclear material stored under UN control in Iraquntil the fall of Saddam Hussein have been stolen and local residentsare reportedly displaying symptoms of radiation poisoning. Six weeksafter the occupying forces took control of the country, the US finallyconceded that the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic EnergyAgency (IAEA), could return to assess what has been stolen at part ofone site, Tuwaitha. Yet the IAEA has been refused access to the nearbypopulation or to other sites it wants to visit, in contravention of UNresolutions.

We went to Iraq in June 2003 with a small, specialist teamto examine the local environment and to assess the extent of anynuclear contamination. The team took samples of soil and water forlaboratory analysis and conducted on-site monitoring with specialistradiation detection equipment. While the extent of the Greenpeaceradiological survey will not be comprehensive, it will provide someidea of the true level of risk to the people of the area and to theenvironment.

We are calling for a full assessment of the situation at Tuwaitha and other nuclear sites in Iraq:

  • Theoccupying powers must allow the IAEA to remain in Iraq with anunrestricted mandate to test as well as document all nuclear sites.
  • Theoccupying powers must allow the IAEA to oversee an urgent medical andenvironmental assessment of the impact of the radioactive material thathas spread in the local community - a practice that would be standardin any other country and circumstance.
  • A hunt for all the industrial radioactive isotopes in Iraq must be conducted urgently - these are all potential dirty bombs.

The latest updates

 

Nuclear facilities chart

Publication | 17 May, 2005 at 2:00

This table lists the 44 countries noted in Annex 2 of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) who were, in 1996, members of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) that that had Nuclear power and/or research reactors and identifies the...

A Shifting Agenda, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Counter-Proliferation and...

Publication | 2 May, 2005 at 2:00

Greenpeace report on the 2005 Review Conference to the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT RevCon), New York, May 2 –27, 2005

NPT political briefing

Publication | 2 May, 2005 at 2:00

Greenpeace political briefing for the 2005 Review Conference to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT RevCon), May 2 –27, 2005

Nuclear-free zones on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia

Publication | 29 April, 2005 at 2:00

Nuclear-free zones on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia - the clash between becoming a nuclear-have and non-proliferation. Text of a speech given by Jung Wook Sik from Civil Network for a Peaceful Korea, at the Nuclear Proliferation...

Japan's re-emergence as a military power and peace in Northeast Asia

Publication | 29 April, 2005 at 2:00

Japan's re-emergence as a military power and peace in Northeast Asia - text of a speech given by Kang Chang Il - lawmaker from Uri Party and Member of the 21st century Northeast Asian Peace Forum - at the Nuclear Proliferation Seminar at the...

The US Nuclear Posture in Korea

Publication | 29 April, 2005 at 2:00

This briefing gives an overview of how the US nuclear posture toward North Korea has changed since the Cold War and describes the forces and operations that are used today to maintain a nuclear deterrence toward North Korea. Presented at the...

The actual and potential development of nuclear weapons technology in the area of...

Publication | 29 April, 2005 at 2:00

This Review examines the North-East Asia civil nuclear infrastructure of nuclear power reactors, fuel fabrication and reprocessing plants and, more generally, how the nuclear know-how might be deployed to procure sufficiently high quality...

2005 Review Conference to the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty

Publication | 29 April, 2005 at 2:00

Greenpeace has played an active role in the NPT Preparatory Committee Meetings (PrepCom) and Review Conferences (RevCon) for the past 25 years. Briefing on the 2005 Review Conference to the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT RevCon)

Whose Power Is IT Anyway- A Report on European Energy Suppliers

Publication | 27 April, 2005 at 2:00

Every day we damage our climate by using fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) for energy and transport. Climate change impacts our lives and is expected to destroy many natural environments in the coming years. Just ten big powercompanies control...

Nuclear Reactor Hazards: ongoing dangers of operating nuclear reactors

Publication | 25 April, 2005 at 2:00

A comprehensive assessment of the hazards of operational reactors, new 'evolutionary' designs and future reactor concepts and the risks associated with the management of spent nuclear fuel, this report describes the characteristics and inherent...

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