- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 14, 2002

NEW YORK Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said work could begin by next week to draft a U.N. Security Council resolution designed to force Iraq's compliance with weapons inspections.
After a full day of meetings with the top foreign ministers and ambassadors on the council, Mr. Powell said he was confident they would agree to a resolution that gives Iraq a deadline to again admit weapons inspectors.
"All members of the council are now seized with the issue and recognize the challenge that Iraq does pose to international law and the mandates of the Security Council," he told reporters yesterday.
"Whatever resolution did come must have a deadline to it," he said. "It cannot be a resolution such as the resolutions of the past, where there is no subsequent action."
Mr. Powell told the foreign ministers and ambassadors that Washington seeks a resolution that recounts Iraq's violations of Security Council resolutions, imposes a deadline for compliance, and spells out the consequences if the new resolution is ignored, a senior State Department official said yesterday.
The drafting would not begin for at least a week, said the official, who noted that Mr. Powell and U.N. Ambassador John Negroponte would handle most of the negotiating for the United States.
State Department officials declined to say when they expect the resolution to be adopted, nor would they say whether the Bush administration would agree to be bound by its terms.
"I won't speculate on that," a senior State Department official said.
Mr. Powell said he was "pleased" with his reception at a meeting yesterday with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a group of oil-producing states that includes Iraq.
The head of the European Union, Denmark, indicated yesterday that the European Union had no choice but to back a resolution with an ultimatum.
"With prehistory in mind, it is necessary for the council to say to Iraq, 'We are not discussing this for two more years,'" said Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller, whose nation holds the rotating presidency of the European Union. "Now the weapons inspectors come in or you'll meet the consquences."
China and Russia, both veto-wielding permanent members, indicated after their meetings yesterday with Mr. Powell they would work with the Americans on another resolution. Neither indicated that it would authorize force.

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