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President Bush Says Time Runs Out For Saddam Hussein - 2003-01-17


UN weapons inspectors in Iraq say they have found 11 empty chemical warheads. The discovery comes as President Bush says "time is running out" for Saddam Hussein to disarm.

Weapons inspectors in Baghdad say they found the empty warheads in "excellent condition" Thursday inside a series of military bunkers built in the late 1990's.

Inspectors collected samples from the 122-milimeter warheads that are designed to carry chemical agents. A UN statement says a 12th warhead required further evaluation.

White House officials say there waiting to hear more about the discovery, which came as President Bush told a rally in the eastern state of Pennsylvania that he is confronting Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to force him to disarm.

President Bush said, "So far the evidence hasn't been very good that he is disarming. And time is running out. At some point in time, the United States' patience will run out. In the name of peace, if he does not disarm, I will lead a coalition of the willing to disarm Saddam Hussein."

While President Bush says he has still not decided whether to use force in Iraq, the build-up of U.S. troops in the Gulf region is expected to be complete by mid-February.

UN weapons inspectors say they need more time to complete their search for banned weapons.

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