Iraq’s Missile Research Program Under Scrutiny
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) _ Ten U.N. inspectors flew to Baghdad on Friday to scrutinize Iraq’s missile research and development program.
The multinational team led by Norbert Reinecke of Germany planned to spend 10 days in Baghdad.
The trip is part of a U.N. effort to lay the groundwork for long-term monitoring to prevent Iraq from reviving weapons programs banned by U.N. Security Council resolutions and dismantled by U.N. experts.
The U.N. resolutions imposed after the 1991 Gulf War bar Iraq from developing or acquiring missiles with a range exceeding 93 miles as well as nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
A U.N. commission has dismantled all known weapons programs banned by the resolutions. Its work is expected to be finished in September, according to the commission chairman, Rolf Ekeus. About six more months would then be needed to test the monitoring system.
The Security Council is expected to consider lifting an economic embargo imposed on Iraq after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait once the monitoring system is in place.