Despite efforts to lessen the chances of biological and chemical warfare, worries persist that some countries continue to ignore the international norm against these weapons. At the end of the 1991 Gulf war, Iraq agreed to a United Nations (UN) mandate that all its chemical and biological arms be accounted for and destroyed. UN inspectors were to have access to any location in the country, but Iraq's government repeatedly hindered weapons inspections for several years. Compliance is often a major challenge to the success of weapons treaties. If inspectors are denied unrestricted access, then hope that verification can be implemented elsewhere may decline, and other nations may continue their chemical and biological warfare programs.


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