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IRAQ: WEAPONS: HEAD OF U.N. TEAM SAYS 40 MORE LEAKING CHEMICAL ROCKETS UNCOVERED.

The head of a U.N. weapons destruction team said Monday 40 more leaking chemical rockets had been uncovered in Iraq but ruled out an Iraqi attempt to hide them.

Michel Desgranges told Reuters it was likely that more rockets were buried under the sand at the weapons destruction site near Nassiriyah, 180 miles south of Baghdad."I need a couple of more days to bring all that is there to light," he said. "I say `buried' because I do not think it was intentionally done by the Iraqis."

He said Iraq had declared the existence of the whole site to U.N. inspectors; therefore, the question would not arise of accusing Baghdad of lying about the number of buried rockets.

"But if we keep finding more and more rockets, say hundreds more, we will have to re-examine the situation," he said.

The experts are demolishing Iraq's weapons of mass destruction in line with a Security Council Gulf War cease-fire resolution.