Timeline of UN weapons inspections
By Globe Staff
UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) conducts first chemical weapons inspection.
Iraq delays destruction of facilities used in weapons manufacture.
UNSCOM begins destruction of Iraq's chemical weapons.
Iraq refuses to allow UNSCOM to use its own aircraft to fly into Iraq but yields after air raids by allied forces against sites in Southern Iraq.
UNSCOM destroys chemical weapons and facilities.
Iraq admits to an extensive biological weapons program and to greater progress in producing long-range missiles than it had previously declared.
Iraqi security forces refuse UNSCOM teams access to five sites designated for inspection. The teams enter the sites after delays of up to 17 hours.
UNSCOM supervises the destruction of Al-Hakam, Iraq's main facility for producing biological warfare agents.
Iraq blocks UNSCOM teams from entering certain sites for inspection.
Inspectors videotape Iraqi guards moving and destroying files.
UNSCOM destroys more chemical weapons and facilities.
Iraq demands US citizens working for UNSCOM leave the country.
Iraq allows inspections to resume.
Iraq denies access to "presidential" and "sovereign" sites.
Iraq stops cooperating with inspectors, claiming that teams have too many US or UK personnel.
Inspectors allowed at the eight “presidential” sites.
Iraqi officials refuse to cooperate with inspectors until the oil embargo is lifted as a first step toward ending all sanctions.
Last inspections; bombing campaign fails to restart inspections.
In a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Iraqi government agrees to unconditional return of inspectors.
U.N. Security Council unanimously approves resolution threatening Saddam with "serious consequences" if he does not disarm.
UN experts begin work in Iraq under Nov. 8 resolution.
Iraq delivers to United Nations a declaration denying it has weapons of mass destruction; later, United States says declaration is untruthful and United Nations says it is incomplete.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report