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Iraq destroys more missiles

The U.N. estimates Iraq has between 120-130 Al Samoud 2 missiles.
The U.N. estimates Iraq has between 120-130 Al Samoud 2 missiles.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraq destroyed six more al Samoud 2 missiles and 11 empty warheads Sunday, a spokesman for the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission said.

Sunday's destruction brought the total of al Samouds destroyed under U.N. direction to 46 and the number of warheads destroyed to 16.

Iraq destroyed six missiles and three warheads on Saturday.

A U.N. missile team is at the Al Taji military installment north of Baghdad -- the primary location for Iraq's long-range missile program -- to verify the process, UNMOVIC said.

The United Nations estimated Iraq had a total of 120-130 such missiles, which weapons inspectors contend exceed the 150-kilometer (93-mile) range limit.

Iraqi officials have said the missiles do not exceed the limit when equipped with a guidance system, but agreed to destroy them to help avert a military attack.

While the U.N. monitored the al Samoud destruction, other teams continued their inspections of Iraqi facilities.

Iraqi officials listed Sunday's inspections at the following sites:

• A biological team visited Al Aziziyah Air Field and Firing Range, located southeast of Baghdad, to observe the ongoing excavation of R-400 aerial bomb fragments, that Iraqi officials say contain biological agent.

• A missile team visited Al Qaa'qa site south of Baghdad in Yousefiya that had been used by Iraq's nuclear program for the production of high explosive lenses, detonators and propellants for nuclear weapons, according to a dossier of weapons of mass destruction facilities released by the British government last year.

The site belongs to the Iraqi Military Industrialization Commission.

The British dossier, released in September, alleged that parts of a phosgene production plant at al Qaa'qa had been rebuilt after being dismantled under U.N. supervision in the 1990s. Phosgene, the dossier said, has industrial uses, but "can also be used by itself as a chemical agent or as a precursor for nerve agent."

• A missile team visited Al Karama State Company in Al Fatah. U.N. officials have said Al Karama is associated with missile production.

• A chemical team visited the Tedmur Tanning Company in Nihrawan, about 40 kilometers east of Baghdad.

A nuclear team is conducting a survey at the Jurfal-Naddaf storage facility at the Al Tuwaitha nuclear center, another site in the British dossier inspectors have visited several times, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of Baghdad. Several tons of uranium have been under seal at Al Tuwaitha since the previous round of inspections ended in 1998.

• A nuclear team went ot an electronic systems company.

• A joint team headed to Samarra, about 90 km north of Baghdad, in helicopters.

• Another inspection team visited a private sector company in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was shown Saturday on Iraqi television meeting with members of his ruling Baath Party. In a message read on the state-run network, he said Iraq has met all its disarmament demands and called on the United Nations to denounce the United States and Britain as "liars" for trying to "mislead and cover up" Baghdad's compliance.

He also called for an end to U.N. sanctions against Iraq that have been in place since the end of the Gulf War in 1991.

The U.N. Security Council remains deeply divided over whether the ongoing weapons inspections in Iraq are working, or if military action against Iraq should be authorized.

The United States, Britain, and Spain presented a new draft resolution that would express international support for military action. But France, Russia and China -- all of which have veto power -- are among the nations opposed. They have said the destruction of the missiles proves Iraq can be disarmed peacefully.

-- CNN Correspondents Rym Brahimi and Nic Robertson and Producer Ingrid Formanek contributed to this report. For latest developments, see CNN.com's Iraq Tracker.


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