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IRAQ BOUND? Hans Blix, U.N. chief weapons inspector, awaits marching orders

Rules of Inspection
Worried that Saddam Hussein could be hiding weapons in his presidential com plexes or on mobile transporters, Washington insisted that U.N. rules on inspections be rewritten before personnel go to Iraq. Baghdad had refused to allow the surprise inspection of Saddam's 57 palaces. China and Russia disagreed with the U.S., and Russian President Vladimir Putin called for "the quickest possible deployment" of inspectors. But chief inspector Hans Blix said: "It would be awkward if we were doing inspections and a new mandate were to arrive." At week's end, the U.S. seemed ready to accept...

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