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U.N. INSPECTORS MAKE SURPRISE VISITS IN S. IRAQ

A U.N. inspection team paid surprise visits Friday to sites in southern Iraq suspected of harboring chemical weapons, but the team leader declined to say whether any were found.

"Our job is going smoothly, according to our plan," Bernard Brunner said. He declined to identify the sites, except to say that some were "declared" - that is, designated by the Iraqis as related to weapons programs - and "two or three" were not.The team, representing the U.N. Special Commission on Iraqi compliance with gulf war cease-fire resolutions, arrived Monday on what it called a routine mission. It is scheduled to leave Tuesday.

When pressed for details about the undeclared sites, Brunner read from a statement: "The commission reserves the right to visit any place which is suspected to contain undeclared chemical weapons.

"The commission is determined to continue its visits to any places and any sites suspected," he said, adding that Friday's visits were the first his team has made to undeclared sites.

Under terms of the gulf war cease-fire, Iraq must declare all of its nuclear, chemical, biological and long-range ballistic weapons and programs. They are all to be destroyed under U.N. supervision.