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Military and government officials played down the claims and criticised the visit, saying it wasn't authorised.
Two chemical and biological weapons experts travelled to Iraq to help a television team evaluate information it had obtained about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction, said Aake Sellstroem, from the Swedish Defense Research Agency, who authorised the visit.
The information indicated Iraq had a programme for making chemical and biological weapons as late as last year, but yielded no clues about whether any actual weapons were made, he said.
``What this shows is that there was interest, organisation and activities involving weapons of mass destruction until 2002,'' Mr. Sellstroem told The Associated Press. ``But I haven't seen any information about how many weapons there were.'' The Defence Minister, Leni Bjoerklund, strongly criticised the researchers for embarking on such a sensitive mission without government approval. AP
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