The International Atomic Energy Agency is confirming that the yellowcake found in Rotterdam came from Iraq, although it is believed that the yellowcake dates from before the Gulf War.
However, the fact that there was any uranium ore in Iraq points to the concept that Hussein was only waiting to reinstitute his nuclear program. The scientific knowledge and technology had been preserved, and the only thing keeping Hussein from developing nuclear weapons were the sanctions – sanctions that were horrendously ineffective and did more to harm the Iraqi people than it did to keep Saddam from obtaining new weapons and palaces. Eventually the sanctions would have been lifted and Saddam could have easily started a nuclear weapons program using the knowledge he had obtained prior to the Gulf War. The only way to ensure that Iraq could not develop nuclear weapons was to ensure that the Hussein regime was no longer in power.