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Iraq Asks Arab League To Inspect Its Nuclear Facilities With PM-Nuclear Safeguards, Bjt

July 16, 1991

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Iraq today invited the Arab League to send inspectors to check on accusations by the United States and the United Nations that Saddam Hussein’s government is still hiding its full nuclear capabilities.

Nabil Najm, Iraq’s representative to the 21-member Cairo-based organization, told reporters Baghdad would settle for an Egyptian inspection commission if one representing all the Arabs cannot be formed.

Before such a commission, Iraq ″will open all its facilities to show the truth of the aggressive intentions against Iraq,″ Najm said.

He spoke with reporters after giving Esmat Abdel-Meguid, the Arab League’s secretary-general, a message from Iraqi Foreign Minister Ahmed Hussein requesting the investigation.

Abdel-Meguid told reporters the Arab League was concerned about the safety of Iraq. The United States, Britain and France have said they would consider military action against nuclear sites if Iraq does not fully disclose its nuclear capabilities.

Under the U.N. Security Council terms ending the Persian Gulf War, Iraq is required to disclose and destroy its weapons of mass destruction.

The United Nations has given Iraq until July 25 to disclose all its nuclear capabilities or face serious consequences.

Najm said his government ″wants to make clear the scope of the American campaign which aims at threatening Iraq and attacking it.″

He insisted Iraq has cooperated fully with U.N. investigators in Baghdad.

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