- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2003

TEHRAN, Iran, March 27 (UPI) — The Iraqi army may use chemical and biological weapons if it is cornered by U.S. and British forces in and around Baghdad, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported Thursday, quoting Voice of Iraq, an opposition radio broadcast from Saudi Arabia.

"In case the invading troops attack Baghdad, the Iraqi army will most probably open its biological and chemical arsenal against the (coalition) forces," said the radio, monitored in the western Iranian border city of Ilam, IRNA reported.

The radio broadcast also alleged that Iraq had chemical weapons, which were being kept for use at decisive moments of the invasion. The report, however, fell short of disclosing the sources of such weapons.

Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan told reporters Tuesday that Iraq was clean and didn't have any weapons of mass destruction.

"If we had chemical arms, why have we not used them so far while the invading forces have entered our territories?" he said.

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