Blix won’t seek new term

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Chief weapons inspector for Iraq Hans Blix, a Swedish diplomat, said this week that he would step down from the U.N. inspection team when his term ends in June. He said he was “disappointed” with what he termed a lack of U.S. support for his work. American intelligence material was seldom forthcoming, he said, and what was provided was misleading or outright false. When the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 1441 in November, it authorized 60 days of inspections before the first report was due, Blix said. “At that time,” he said, “nobody was saying that it would all be moot in three weeks.”

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