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DU PONT RESPONSE TO N.Y. TIMES ARTICLE ON IRAQ'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM

DU PONT RESPONSE TO N.Y. TIMES ARTICLE ON IRAQ'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM
 WILMINGTON, Del., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was released today by Du Pont (NYSE: DD) in response to a New York Times article identifying Du Pont as being among companies whose products allegedly were used in Iraq's nuclear weapons program.
 "Although we have not seen the United Nations report, we believe, based on the Dec. 11 New York Times story, that the product cited is a fluorinated lubricant used widely in the electronics and chemical processing industries.
 "Almost three years ago, we received a request from the State Company for Oil Projects in Baghdad, Iraq, to purchase a fluorinated lubricant for vacuum pumps. At the time, Iraq and the United States were on friendly terms. Du Pont obtained an export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce in February 1989 to sell the lubricant to the Iraqi oil company. The license was granted without objection from the U.S. departments of State and Energy. Two shipments totaling less than 30 gallons of the product were made to the Iraqi oil agency in May 1989. Total value of the shipments was about $30,000.
 The Du Pont product is used as a vacuum pump fluid because it is an excellent lubricant with precise viscosity and vapor pressure and is inert.
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 /CONTACT: Clinton C. Archer of Du Pont, 302-774-6661/
 (DD) CO: Du Pont ST: Delaware IN: CHM SU:


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