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UN Inspectors Continue Hunt for Banned Iraqi Weapons


Seven teams of weapons inspectors traveled to sites throughout Iraq Thursday in their hunt for banned weapons of mass destruction.

The weapons inspectors visited a former missile factory, an antibiotics plant and former nuclear site, as well as a ballistic testing facility Thursday, in part to make sure Iraq does not have dual-use equipment that could be used to produce weapons of mass destruction, in addition to things like fertilizer and medicine.

The inspectors traveled to several locations in and around Baghdad, including a missile testing facility that was once part of Iraq's program to build missiles with a range of 650 kilometers. Following the Gulf war, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution limiting the range of Iraqi missiles to 150 kilometers.

Wednesday night, inspectors said that a facility that was used in Iraq's effort to develop atomic bombs appears to have no remaining nuclear activities. It was the first time field inspectors have reported specific findings following one of their investigations. No explanation was given why such information was revealed in this case.

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