- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Aug. 5, 1998 — Iraq announces its suspension of cooperation with U.N. and IAEA weapons inspectors. The next day President Clinton issued this statement:

Iraq’s latest refusal to cooperate with the international weapons inspectors is unacceptable. Far from hastening the day the international community lifts sanctions against Iraq, as Iraq intends, its failure to live up to its obligations will perpetuate those sanctions and keep the Iraqi economy under tight international control.

As a condition of the cease-fire in the Gulf War, the United Nations demanded and Iraq agreed to account for its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them within fifteen days, and to destroy them. Last February, Iraq reiterated that commitment in an agreement it signed with U.N. Secretary General [Kofi] Annan … Instead of cooperating, Iraq has spent the better part of this decade avoiding its commitments to the international community. Recent discoveries by the weapons inspectors … only underscore Iraq’s failure to meet its obligations to the world … Unless Iraq reverses course and cooperates fully with the international weapons inspectors, the United States will stop any and all efforts to alter the sanctions regime … The burden has always been and remains on Iraq to disclose and dismantle its weapons of mass destruction capability. We remain determined to see that Iraq keeps that commitment.

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