THE THREAT OF WAR: Iraqi Missiles Break Sanctions, Say United Nations Weapons Experts ; UNITED NATIONS
David Usborne and Rupert Cornwell, The Independent (London, England)
THE UNITED Nations concluded yesterday that Iraq has violated sanctions by developing a missile capable of travelling beyond the maximum range set down in Security Council resolutions.
The conclusion, which is certain to be seized upon by Washington as offering a concrete reason for going to war against Baghdad, was reached after a two-day conference of missile technology experts in New York. The panel was convened by the chief UN weapons inspector, Hans Blix.
Iraq told the inspectors about the Al Samoud missiles in October, and admitted that in testing, 13 out of 40 missiles fired had gone beyond the UN-allowed 150km-range limit. The findings confirm that Iraq has defied the sanctions, the experts said. They told Mr Blix that the missiles and the engines that propel them should be destroyed.
Mr Blix will include the panel's conclusion in his crucial report to the Security Council on inspections tomorrow. …