Chief U-N arms inspector Hans Blix says he expects Iraq to comply with his order to start destroying its Al-Samoud-Two missiles by Saturday.
The head weapons inspector issued his order last week, saying the missiles can fly beyond the 150-kilometer limit set for Iraqi missiles by the United Nations Security Council.
Iraq says the missiles do not exceed the range limit when they are equipped with guidance systems, warheads and a full load of fuel. Iraq is believed to have at least 100 of the missiles.
A top advisor to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said on Monday that Iraq will make its decision soon on whether to comply with the order. General Amer al-Saadi said the situation is being studied very carefully, and that channels are still open between Iraqi and U-N officials.
U-N weapons inspectors continued their inventory of the missile program on Monday , visiting two factories that make the missiles' engines and guidance systems.