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WHITE HOUSE OPPOSES IRAQ SANCTIONS

Administration officials told a Senate committee Friday they oppose trade sanctions against Iraq despite its "abysmal" human rights record and its use of chemical weapons, saying such measures would hurt U.S. farmers more than the Baghdad government.

Both Democratic and Republican members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reacted angrily to the administration position - with even a senator from a grain-producing state calling for stronger action.Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, R-Kan., said Amnesty International reports that Iraq has tortured and executed children left her in tears and that just because U.S. sanctions might not work is no reason not to give them a try.