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Iraq: UN Arms Experts Begin Second Day Of Inspections

Baghdad, 28 November 2002 (RFE/RL) -- UN arms experts entered without incident two sites today on the second day of disarmament inspections in Iraq, which have resumed after a break of four years. One team of inspectors traveled to an industrial factory north of Baghdad and another one to an animal-vaccine prodution lab south of the capital. The teams, accompanied by Iraqi officials, were swiftly allowed into both facilities.

On the first day of inspections yesterday, the UN arms experts visited three sites and said Iraqi authorities cooperated fully.

The inspectors are searching for chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons of mass destruction banned by the United Nations. Iraq adamantly denies having any such weapons.

The inspections are in line with a UN Security Council resolution that says Iraq will face serious consequences if it fails to disarm. The United States has threatened military action if Iraq obstructs the inspections.