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Friday, 1 May, 1998, 20:56 GMT 21:56 UK
Iraq warns UN of grave consequences

In an open letter to the United Nations Security Council, Iraq has warned of grave consequences if UN sanctions against it are not lifted.

Iraq reiterated that it had destroyed all its weapons of mass destruction, to comply with UN resolutions.

The letter was issued after a meeting of the Revolutionary Command Council, chaired by President Saddam Hussein.

It strongly criticised the United States as a tyrannical and imperialistic charlatan holding the Security Council hostage.

But the letter said that Iraq would wait and see how the Security Council acted in coming weeks, and a BBC correspondent says that despite the warning, the letter was not threatening.

The statement follows the Security Council decision to renew for another six months the trade embargo imposed after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

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