Nuclear inspector says Iraq is hiding details

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BAGHDAD (Reuter) - The head of the latest United Nations team charged with destroying Iraq's nuclear-weapons capability said yesterday that Baghdad still had to do more to satisfy the terms of the Gulf war ceasefire. Maurizio Zifferero, deputy head of the Vienna- based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said before leaving that Iraq's refusal to give details of its foreign suppliers remained an obstacle. He said intelligence tips suggested Iraq may still have a secret underground nuclear plant, though UN inspectors had found no trace of it. But Mr Zifferero praised Iraqi co-operation with his team and said they had agreed to use various monitoring methods to keep an eye on whether Baghdad was reviving its nuclear programme.

President Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Uday, yesterday said it was time democratic reforms were introduced in Iraq to thwart Western attempts to dismember the country. 'Time has come to apply democracy to disarm enemies of the weapon they brandish against Iraq,' he wrote in an article in his newspaper, Babil.