The State Department has taken over the Iraqi Embassy and ambassador's home in Washington.

Iraq broke formal diplomatic relations with the United States last month during the fighting to liberate Iraqi-occupied Kuwait. Four diplomats were allowed to stay in Washington, but one of them was later expelled.At least six other countries have expelled at least 34 Iraqi diplomats for terrorist activities since Iraq's takeover of Kuwait last August.

The department said Tuesday it was conducting an inventory of the two properties and "no possibility may be excluded" that explosives or weapons might be found.

International and federal law require the United States to protect any diplomatic property it seizes, the department noted.