World IN BRIEF : IRAQ : Chemical Arms to Be Destroyed

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Thousands of leaking Iraqi chemical shells scattered over the entire country are too dangerous to move and will have to be destroyed on the spot, the head of a U.N. chemical inspection team said. Swiss expert Bernard Brunner said at the end of a two-week mission to Iraq that a quarter of the bombs, shells and rockets found by his team at six separate sites could not be taken to a central location as planned. Allied bombing raids during the six-week Gulf War had scattered munitions and unexploded bomblets, including thousands of shells and hundreds of bombs containing mustard and nerve gas, over a wide area at many sites, he said.

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