- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 18, 2005

Oct. 9,1998, Senate floor:

Sen. Carl Levin: Mr. President, I will not dwell on the numerous instances of Iraq’s failure to comply with its obligations… Suffice it to say that on August 5, 1998, Iraq declared that it was suspending all cooperation with UNSCOM and the IAEA, except some limited monitoring activities.

In response, on September 9, 1998, a unanimous U.N. Security Council condemned Iraq’s action and suspended its sanctions’ reviews until UNSCOM and the IAEA report that they are satisfied that they have been able to exercise their full range of activities [U.N. Security Council Resolution 1194]. Within the last week, Iraq’s Deputy Foreign Minister refused to rescind Iraq’s decision…

Mr. President, it is vitally important for the international community to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to allow UNSCOM and the IAEA to carry out their missions… It is my sincere hope that Saddam Hussein, when faced with the credible threat of force, will comply with the relevant U.N. Security Council Resolutions. But, I believe that we must carefully consider other actions, including, if necessary, the use of force to destroy suspect sites if compliance is not achieved.

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