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Iraq No Longer A Military Threat, Says U.N. Weapons Inspector

Thu., Aug. 24, 1995

The United Nations’ chief arms inspector asserted Wednesday that Iraq no longer poses a regional military threat, but said he remained wary of Iraq’s claims to have destroyed all its weapons of mass destruction.

Rolf Ekeus, head of the U.N. Special Commission on Iraq, said he received information on Iraqi weapons programs from a defector, Lt. Gen. Hussein Kamel al-Majid, in a two-hour meeting Monday. He declined to give details.

Al-Majid, a son-in-law of Saddam Hussein and the architect of Iraq’s clandestine network to acquire weapons of mass destruction in the 1980s, defected to Jordan on Aug. 8, threatening to divulge all he knew to U.N. experts.

Ekeus told a news conference Wednesday that the Baghdad regime has promised him “100 percent implementation” of the terms of the cease-fire resolution that halted the 1991 Gulf War.

If Iraq makes good on that promise, the U.N. Security Council would have to consider lifting the oil and trade embargo imposed on Iraq after it invaded Kuwait in August 1990.

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