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U.N. hears report on Iraqi weapons compliance U.S.: Inspectors show 'pattern of concealment' June 3, 1998 UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- The U.N. Security Council spent Wednesday behind closed doors, listening to a presentation from the United Nations' chief weapons inspector, Richard Butler, on Iraq's compliance with demands to dismantle its weapons of mass destruction. Bill Richardson, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Butler outlined a "pattern of concealment" by Iraq of its weapons program, and that inspectors "produced a devastating blow to Iraq's credibility." Butler "produced documents [and] charts that catalogue the gaps and inconsistencies in Iraqi claims in the chemical, biological and other fields," Richardson said. He also said Butler provided new and "disturbing" information on Iraq's ballistic missile program. Butler's review of Iraqi compliance with U.N. demands is to continue before the council Thursday morning. Iraqi official: We have complied On Tuesday, Iraqi Foreign Minster Mohammad Saeed al-Sahaf was given the same opportunity to brief the Security Council. According to documents obtained by Reuters, al-Sahaf told council diplomats, "We do not have any prohibited weapon components, production equipment or precursors thereof. "I also like to confirm that we have provided [weapons inspectors] with all the documents we have, and we do not conceal any document of the type sought," he said. U.N. weapons inspectors must certify that Iraq is free of illegal weapons before the council will lift sanctions imposed in August 1990 after Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait. Iraqi officials insist they have cooperated and dismantled proscribed weapons. Russia, France, China and some other U.N. countries have been pressuring Butler to back up his claims to the contrary. Butler outlines 'road map' for lifting sanctions Butler, who plans to visit Baghdad June 11-15, said before Wednesday's meeting that he intended to give the council a "road map" showing what remains to be done for Iraq to comply fully with U.N. disarmament resolutions. That information would then be given to the Iraqis. However, Butler is not expected to give the Iraqis detailed lists of exactly what he is looking for, fearing that Iraq would then withhold information about matters that weapons inspectors have not yet discovered. Meanwhile, in Iraq, U.N. teams are continuing their inspections. On Wednesday, they went to a site about an hour north of Baghdad, looking for confirmation that Iraq had actually destroyed and buried its weapons of mass destruction, as it has claimed. Iraqi officials have led U.N. teams to areas they say hold remnants of dismantled weapons. The teams are also making surprise inspections of sites where they suspect Iraq may still be hiding forbidden material. -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email email@example.com, NOT the whole list. Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html