Accusing U.N. weapons experts of "fallacies and lies," Iraq is demanding that the Security Council lift a seven-year embargo without conditions when it reviews Iraqi sanctions next week.
The demand came in a 22-page document sent to Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday by Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz.A copy of the document was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.
It was sent in response to the latest six-month report by the U.N. Special Commission, in which the inspectors said "virtually no progress" had been made during the reporting period in verifying whether Iraq has destroyed banned weapons.
The commission, known as UNSCOM, must certify Iraq no longer holds long-range missiles or nuclear, chemical and biological weapons before it will lift sanctions imposed in 1990 after President Saddam Hussein invaded Ku-wait.
In the document, which also was sent to the council president, Ambassador Hisashi Owada of Japan, Aziz said the report "contains a large volume of tremendous and flagrant fallacies and lies" aimed at "justifying the continuation of the unjust embargo."