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Minister: U.N. Inspections Over

August 12, 2002

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CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ U.N. weapons inspections in Iraq are over, the nation’s information minister said Monday in the clearest rejection yet of American and U.N. demands to allow inspectors to resume their work after a four-year standoff.

Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf told the Arabic satellite television Al- Jazeera in an interview that the Bush administration was ``confused,″ and making inspections into an issue in an attempt to use it in the latest crisis between Washington and Baghdad.

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