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UN supervises destruction of more banned Iraqi missiles

UN supervises destruction of more banned Iraqi missiles

United Nations weapons teams supervised the destruction of four more banned Iraqi Al Samoud 2 missiles today, bringing to 65 – more than half the estimated total – the number destroyed since the 1 March deadline set for starting the process.

Also destroyed were seven warheads, some propellant tank cylinder parts, and other materials related to the missiles, which are prohibited because they can exceed the 150-kilometre range imposed by Security Council resolutions.

UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) teams also burned and dumped chemical wastes left over at Al Muthanna and inspected a destroyed ballistic missile launcher site west of Mosul.

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) performed a motorized radiation survey in northeast Baghdad in an area that included residential, industrial and military infrastructure.