The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency is urging Iraq to take dramatic steps to show it is cooperating with United Nations weapons inspectors before it is too late to avoid war.
Mohamed ElBaradei says Iraqi President Saddam Hussein should announce on television that he is ready to fully cooperate with UN disarmament demands, instruct Iraqi officials to do the same, and furnish all documents on the country's weapons.
Mr. ElBaradei says he still believes war is not inevitable. But he says it is getting close and that the coming weeks will be decisive.
The IAEA chief says a delegation of Arab ministers is expected to visit Baghdad in the coming days to urge President Saddam to do more to avoid war.
Meanwhile, Iraqi officials say they began destroying six more Al-Samoud-Two missiles Monday. They say 46 of the country's declared arsenal of over 100 banned missiles have been demolished. UN officials also say inspectors interviewed in private an Iraqi scientist involved in Iraq's previous weapons of mass destruction programs.