Could Iraq Have Cheated?

American officials were not alone last week in expressing doubts that Iraq could have produced materials for nuclear weapons within months of activating the 70-MW Tammuz reactor. That crucial Israeli contention did get some support, but also a lot more detailed criticism, from an impressive array of international nuclear scientists and Western government officials.

In Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Sigvard Eklund, whose agency was responsible for monitoring the installation, declared that IAEA's inspections made it all but impossible for Iraqi technicians to carry out secret activities. Eklund asserted that any...

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