- The Washington Times - Monday, January 13, 2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 13 (UPI) — International arms inspectors continued their searches of Iraqi sites Monday despite Baghdad saying it will lodge a complaint with the United Nations against the alleged intelligence nature of questions asked by the inspectors.

Inspectors from the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency searched seven sites suspected of producing banned weapons of mass destruction for the 46th day.

Iraqi officials accused the international inspectors of seeking intelligence information from Iraqi scientists and site employees and said they will file a complaint with UNMOVIC and IAEA chiefs — Hans Blix of Sweden and Mohammed ElBaradei of Egypt — when the two visit Iraq this month.

A UNMOVIC biological team inspected the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Baghdad, as another chemical team visited the Technological University in central Baghdad. The latter site has been inspected several times during the past five weeks.

A team of missile experts, in the meantime, headed to the Amiriyah site, 60 miles west of Baghdad, and a fourth group visited a position on the main highway linking Baghdad to the southern city of Basra.

After the UNMOVIC finished its inspection, an AEA team looked over the Technological University, as well as the Ibn Rushd company and a site in Ramadi, 75 miles west of Baghdad.

An estimated 350 sites suspected of producing non-conventional weapons have been searched by UNMOVIC and IAEA experts since they resumed their inspection mission in Iraq last Nov. 27 after a 4-year gap.

So far the inspections, in which some 120 international arms experts are taking part, has reportedly produced no evidence incriminating Iraq of possessing banned non-conventional weapons. Last week, before delivering an interim report to the Security Council, Blix said his teams had uncovered “no smoking gun” in Iraq.




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