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  Inspectors find weapons evidence in Iraq
Updated 16 January 2003, 21.10
The find is the inspectors' most important so far
Weapons inspectors in Iraq say they have found 11 old warheads that may be able to carry chemical weapons.

The warheads - which were found in an old ammunition storage depot - are now being studied very carefully by experts.

The discovery may be very important in terms of future military action against Iraq.

Iraq was ordered by the United Nations to write a report that mentioned every single weapon that they had, which they finished in December.

The inspectors are trying to prove Iraq has weapons of mass destruction
The inspectors are trying to prove Iraq has weapons of mass destruction
The report is part of a really important UN ruling (called a declaration) that set out a list of rules that Iraq isn't allowed to break.

One of those rules said Iraq couldn't leave anything out about its weapons, and if the US decides this discovery has broken those rules they may see it as an excuse to begin fighting.

Iraq says the warheads are mentioned in the report they handed over, and added that they were "old rockets" which had long been forgotten about.

Another warning for Iraq

Earlier in the day the chief UN weapons inspector, Hans Blix, said Iraq has to do much more to convince people that has got rid of all its weapons or risk a war started by the US.

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