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More U.N. staff arriving in Iraq

Weapons inspections to begin Wednesday

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U.N. workers unload inspection equipment from a plane at Baghdad Airport on Saturday.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Five more members of a U.N. advance team arrived in Iraq on Saturday to prepare for weapons inspections.

The five arrived with several tons of equipment needed for weapons inspections scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Some 38 team members already are at work installing computers, preparing vehicles and getting laboratories ready for inspectors to begin work for the first time since 1998. The actual inspectors will begin to arrive Monday afternoon.

As the inspection process went forward, U.S. President George W. Bush continued his very public push to rally the international community to action in the event Iraq tries to thwart the United Nations requirements. On a trip to Romania, Bush denounced Iraqi President Saddam Hussein as "an aggressive dictator."

"By his search for terrible weapons, by his ties to terror groups, by his development of prohibited ballistic missiles, the dictator of Iraq threatens the security of every free nation, including the free nations of Europe," the president told a cheering crowd in Bucharest, Romania.

The inspections are resuming under terms of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed earlier this month, which threatens serious consequences should Iraq not allow inspectors full and unfettered access to determine whether it has any chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

The resolution also demands that Iraq disclose by December 8 any capability it has to make weapons of mass destruction. Iraq has maintained it has no such weapons.

Bush has said the United States will lead a military coalition to oust the Iraqi regime if the resolution is violated.

Inspectors from the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Committee will search for chemical and biological weapons, while inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will look for signs of nuclear weapons development.

On Friday, the director general of the IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei, told PBS's "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer" that Iraqi officials realize they "don't have much wiggle room." He also said inspectors have learned from mistakes made during past inspection efforts, when Iraq was less than forthcoming.

"The international community was fooled, but it is not surprising that we were fooled because we did not have adequate authority at that time to discover clandestine activities in a particular country," he said. "We learned our lessons."

When inspections resume Wednesday, they are expected to focus on potential weapons production sites that were being monitored when U.N. inspectors left in 1998. Inspectors will check monitoring equipment placed in those facilities and try to determine how much weapons development might have taken place during the inspectors' four-year absence.

While U.N. officials aren't saying definitively whether they will expand inspections to so-called "presidential sites," they appear unlikely to do so. Iraqi officials have strongly objected to inspections of those compounds used by the Iraqi leader but U.S. officials insist they should be inspected.

CNN Correspondent Nic Robertson contributed to this report.



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