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Iraq: Top Inspectors Meet With Iraqi Officials

Baghdad, 20 January 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The two men in charge of weapons inspections in Iraq, Mohammad el-Baradei and Hans Blix, today met for a second round of talks with Iraqi officials on the country's compliance with its disarmament obligations. Blix and el-Baradei met with Amir al-Saadi, President Saddam Hussein's top scientific adviser, and General Hussam Mohammad Amin, head of the Iraqi National Monitoring Directorate.

El-Baradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said after yesterday's talks in Baghdad that the inspectors had warned Iraqi officials that "time is running out" for the international community to see greater compliance by Iraq with weapons inspections.

The talks come as el-Baradei and Blix, the chief United Nations inspector, are due to deliver a report on Iraqi cooperation to the UN Security Council on 27 January.

During yesterday's talks, Iraq disclosed that it had found four more empty chemical warheads similar to 12 warheads that were discovered last week.