UN inspectors 'cast doubt on UK evidence dossier'

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  • Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2003 22:03:10 -0000

The head of the UN's weapons inspectors in Iraq, Hans Blix, will tell
the security council tomorrow that several of the key claims in Tony
Blair's dossier of evidence against Saddam Hussein are unfounded,
according to a German newspaper report. 

But, Die Tageszeitung says today, the UN will also be told that Baghdad
had failed to answer questions concerning its alleged efforts to produce
weapons of mass destruction. 

The leak from the interim report appears to confirm comments by the head
of the the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed El Baradei, who
said on Monday that the inspectors had not so far found anything
suspicious. 

The claims in the British dossier that the paper says cannot be verified
are: 

· That production has been resumed at two key Iraqi plants suspected of
producing biological toxins; 

· That Iraq breached a UN resolution by extending the reach of its
short-range missiles to 200km; 

· That Baghdad had attempted covertly to acquire more than 60,000 of the
specialised aluminium tubes used in uranium enrichment.

Source:  The Guardian

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