BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The chief U.N. weapons inspectors, wrapping up a critical two-day visit, urged Iraqi officials yesterday to look again in their nuclear, chemical and biological “stocks and stores” to ensure they have no weapons-making to report.

Iraq’s position that it has no weapons of mass destruction “must be convincingly shown by documentation, by evidence,” said Hans Blix, head of the U.N. weapons-hunting team.

“We don’t think that has yet been convincingly done.”

Blix and chief U.N. nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei spoke with reporters after Iraqi officials confirmed they would meet a U.N. deadline and file by Dec. 8 a comprehensive list of nuclear, chemical and biological programs, including any meant to develop weapons.

The two U.N. officials offered a “light at the end of the tunnel” for Iraq, however, saying that if the Baghdad government cooperates fully with their inspections, they might be able to report in about one year that it has complied with Security Council requirements and U.N. economic sanctions on Iraq should be lifted.

Blix and ElBaradei, who depart today, led advance teams of about two dozen U.N. officials who returned to Baghdad on Monday to resume the weapons inspection program that ended abruptly four years ago. Additional inspectors arrive next Monday, and their first field operations are expected by Nov. 27.

The latest Security Council resolution calls the inspections a “final opportunity” for Iraq to meet its post-Gulf War obligations to give up any weapons of mass destruction. President Bush has threatened military action if the Iraqis don’t disarm.

A seven-year inspection regime in the 1990s dismantled Iraq’s nuclear program before it could build a bomb, and destroyed large amounts of chemical and biological weapons and longer-range missiles forbidden by postwar U.N. resolutions.

But some chemical weapons in particular were believed never destroyed, and U.S. intelligence reports suggest the Iraqis may have rebuilt some weapons programs since the inspectors pulled out in 1998.

The new Security Council resolution gives the U.N. teams greater powers to inspect Iraqi sites anywhere at any time.

The most senior official on the Blix-ElBaradei schedule of meetings here was Foreign Minister Naji Sabri. After that session late yesterday, ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters, “I think we heard from the Iraqi side they will do everything humanly possible to cooperate.”

Blix said the Iraqis had agreed in their discussions to open a U.N. inspectors office in the northern city of Mosul, and to expand their Baghdad office to accommodate the hundreds of international weapons experts who will come and go in coming months.

The Swedish ex-diplomat, chairman of the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, reaffirmed the importance of Iraq’s upcoming Dec. 8 list. It is the standard by which the international community will judge whether President Saddam Hussein’s government is lying or telling the truth about its interest in the most advanced weapons.

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