Butler Fears Iraq is Re-arming

Published June 24th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The former discredited head of UNSCOM inspectors, Richard Butler suggested Friday that Saddam Hussein has used the last 18 months without UN monitors to rearm Iraq, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA) Friday, citing an interview with the former UN official. 

The absence from Iraq of such disarmament work "should be a source of grave concern," he told the Independent newspaper. 

The outspoken Australian, who has since written a book on his frustrating time as the top weapons inspector, predicted that there would be a "crunch in August" when the new UN commission, UNIMOVIC, is due to send inspectors back to Iraq. 

He described the new UN organization as the "sickly son of UNSCOM." 

UNSCOM was forced out of Iraq in 1998 amid allegations that it was being used by the US and Israel for spying purposes. The US, supported by Britain, has since being carrying out routine bombing missions in what has become known as the "forgotten war,” said the agency – Albawaba.com  

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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