Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Iraqi Missile Evidence Gives US a Smoking Gun; UN'S DISCOVERY OF LONG-RANGE WEAPONS STRENGTHENS THE CASE FOR WAR

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Iraqi Missile Evidence Gives US a Smoking Gun; UN'S DISCOVERY OF LONG-RANGE WEAPONS STRENGTHENS THE CASE FOR WAR

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Byline: CHARLES REISS

THE US-led push for war against Iraq was boosted today after damning new evidence that Saddam Hussein is building longrange ballistic missiles.

The chief weapons inspector Hans Blix is set to report that Iraq's al-Samoud 2 missiles break the 150-kilometre limit imposed by the United Nations.

That will be seized on by the US and Britain as "a material breach" of UN rules - opening the way to military action.

Diplomats at the UN said they believed that when Dr Blix delivers his report tomorrow to the Security Council in New York, he will declare the al-Samoud 2 a "proscribed programme".

That, for President Bush and Tony Blair, could provide the smoking gun for which they have been searching to tip the balance in favour of a fresh resolution from the UN authorising war.

But nations led by France and Germany continued to resist amid a massive and increasingly bitter international row. Fury in Washington reached a new high, with senior members of Congress calling for economic sanctions against France and a pullout of US troops from Germany.

There were threats to boycott the Paris Air Show and slap extra duties on wine and bottled water from France and, more seriously, to cut back radically on the 70,000 US service personnel based in Germany.

The Nato alliance remains divided and deadlocked over whether to send defence equipment to Turkey - an alliance member and Iraq's neighbour - to safeguard the country in the event of war. As negotiations entered a fourth day, France, Germany and Belgium were still blocking moves to send Patriot antimissile batteries and chemical and biological warfare protection gear to Turkey on the grounds that it would intensify "the logic of war".

America and others were threatening to send in the equipment regardless, which could trigger the biggest split in Nato's 54-year history.

Tony Blair, under continued and acute pressure at home, is preparing to meet his 14 fellow EU leaders for an emergency summit in Brussels on Monday. …

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