Saturday, November 19, 2005

Iraq Weapons Inspectors Find Empty Chemical Warheads - Global Policy Forum - UN Security Council

Iraq Weapons Inspectors Find Empty Chemical Warheads - Global Policy Forum - UN Security Council:

"The find - only 11 days before the chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, is to report to the security council on the progress of the weapons hunt - could potentially figure in Washington's arguments that President Saddam has no intention of disarming and must therefore face military attack.

A UN spokesman in Baghdad said the warheads were uncovered during a visit to the Ukhaider ammunition storage area, 75 miles south of Baghdad. He said an inspection team had gone there to inspect a large group of bunkers constructed in the late 1990s.

'During the course of their inspection, the team discovered 11 empty 122mm chemical warheads and one warhead that requires further evaluation,' the spokesman, Hiro Ueki, said. 'The warheads were in excellent condition and were similar to ones imported by Iraq during the late 1980s.'

UN officials said it did not immediately appear that the munitions were accounted for in Iraq's 12,000-page declaration of its arsenal last December 8, an omission that could represent a breach of security council resolutions."

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