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Excerpts of Iraqi Acceptance Letter

Excerpts from a letter written by Iraqi Lt. Gen. Amer al-Saadi to chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix, who ordered Iraq to begin destroying its Al Samoud 2 missiles and their components by Saturday:


"I would like to inform you of ... our acceptance in principle of your request despite our belief that the decision to destroy [the missiles] was unjust and did not take into consideration the scientific facts regarding the issue."


"The timing of this request seems to us to be one with political aims."


"In order to establish a framework and timetable and other technical and procedural criteria required for implementation, we suggest dispatching a technical team urgently for this purpose."