By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq – An Iraqi scientist left his home Thursday with U.N. experts and accompanied them to a field outside Baghdad where together they inspected what appeared to be a man-made mound in the earth.
The events – unprecedented since inspectors in Iraq resumed their search for banned nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in November – came after the U.N. experts, going through documents outside the scientist’s house, appeared to have a heated discussion with Iraqi liaison officials.
“I’m not happy about all of this,” Dimitri Perricos, a team leader among the U.N. experts, could be heard telling the Iraqis as he got into a vehicle with the scientist – physicist Faleh Hassan, who carried a box stuffed with documents – and an Iraqi official.
Thursday’s activities and a visit a day before to a presidential palace suggested the inspectors are using new intelligence in their search. The head of the U.N. nuclear agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, said in Moscow that inspections would accelerate, but that he would ask the U.N. Security Council for more time to complete the search in Iraq.