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U.N. To Vote Today On Lifting Iraq Sanctions

Iraq’s top diplomat on Wednesday dismissed satellite pictures that Washington says show his government hasn’t returned weapons stolen from Kuwait. But he didn’t deny Iraq has failed to comply with the U.N. demand.

The Security Council was preparing to vote today on whether to lift the Gulf War sanctions imposed on Iraq after it invaded Kuwait in August 1990. They include an embargo on oil sales that has wrecked Iraq’s economy.

U.S. Ambassador Madeleine Albright said Tuesday the U.S. satellite photographs confirm Iraq still has 9,000 pieces of military equipment stolen from Kuwait, including missiles, rockets and armored personnel carriers.

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