Surprise Iraq visits by UN weapons inspectors
Tuesday 23 February 1993
Mr Smidovitch said the locations might contain items prohibited by UN Security Council Resolution 687, which requires Iraq to dismantle its biological, chemical, nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. But he declined to say whether the inspectors - two teams acting together for the first time in Iraq - had found any of the 100 Scud missiles the United Nations believes Iraq is hiding. The other team of 13, led by Patrice Palanque, of France, had extended its stay in Iraq by at least one day, apparently for the surprise inspection yesterday. Both teams are likely to leave Iraq today.
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