The long term plan for a nuclear weapon delivery was based on the engine that was being
developed to power the second stage of the Al Abid satellite launcher. This vehicle would have had a payload chamber of 1.25 meter diameter and the capability to deliver a warhead of at least one ton to a range of almost 1,200 km. Practical work on this engine did not start until April 1989 and according to Iraq, this nuclear weapon delivery vehicle option would not have been complete until 1993 - two years after the first nuclear weapon was supposed to have been produced. [GC 40-13]
"New Iraq booster has `limited ability to launch payloads,' U.S. says," Satellite Week, Vol. 11, No. 50, 18 Dec 89, p. 4.
Michael R. Gordon, "U.S. confirms Iraq has launched rocket that can carry satellites," The New York Times, 9 Dec 89.
INA, 9 Dec 89, FBIS-NES 12 Dec 89, p. 20.