LONDON Ñ Libya pledged six months ago to eliminate
all elements of its nuclear weapons program. However, U.S. officials said Libya was receiving shipments from the
Pakistani nuclear network of Abdul Qadeer Khan as late as March 2004.
The International Atomic Energy Agency continues to seek
information on Libya's nuclear weapons program, Middle East Newsline reported.
The IAEA said Libya has yet to supply sufficient details on its
procurement of a range of materials and equipment required for the
production of bomb-grade uranium.
The IAEA assessment matched that of the United States, which has also
sought information on a range of issues regarding Libya's nuclear weapons
Libya did report the March shipment to Britain, the United States and the IAEA.
IAEA director-general Mohammed El Baradei told the agency's board of
governors that Libya has been working closely with international nuclear
inspectors. El Baradei said the agency has been working with Tripoli to
obtain what he termed a "complete picture" of Libya's nuclear program.
"We are making good progress in understanding Libya's past nuclear
activities but some aspects still need to be assessed, and it is important
that Libya provide the necessary information to enable that assessment to be
made," El Baradei said.
The IAEA chief cited a series of examples where Libya would be required
to demonstrate additional cooperation. They included confirmation of the
origin of the uranium hexafluoride, or UF6, Libya received in 2000 and 2001.
UF6 has been described as a key element in the assembly of nuclear weapons.
El Baradei also called for verification of Libya's planned capabilities
for UF6 production. He also said the agency required understanding of the
source of high-enriched and low-enriched uranium contamination on gas
centrifuge equipment in Libya.
"Libya has proactively cooperated with the agency by providing
information and prompt access to all locations requested," El Baradei said.