German police ended the occupation of the Iraqi embassy in Berlin Tuesday, nearly five hours after members of a previously unknown dissident group stormed the building and took Iraq's acting ambassador and his staff hostage.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday that he would ask for "clarifications" on last week's invitation from Iraq to start arms talks, saying he expects Baghdad to show some willingness to provide access to a full team of weapons inspectors.

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to overhaul sanctions on Iraq, cutting red tape that had slowed the delivery of civilian goods, but maintaining the military embargo on Saddam Hussein's regime.