- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 22, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq [Nov. 13, 1997] (CNN) — Iraq has decided to expel American arms monitors working in United Nations disarmament teams in Iraq and has asked them to leave the country immediately, the official Iraqi news agency INA said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Security Council voted 15-0 to condemn Iraq’s actions, to demand immediate and unconditional compliance with U.N. inspection efforts…

Anticipating that the Security Council would adopt the resolution, [Iraqi] Foreign Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf said that Iraq would retaliate by giving Americans working with U.N. inspection teams one week to leave the country.

He also said that Iraq would shoot down U.N. aircraft. “It is not a matter of to shoot daily,” he said. “It depends on developments, but whenever we see proper to shoot them, we will shoot them.”

“Plainly and simply, Saddam Hussein cannot be permitted to get away with his antics, or with this latest excuse for avoidance of international responsibility… Should Saddam be so foolish as to take any action intended to endanger those aircraft or interrupt their mission, then we should, and I am confident we will, be prepared to take the necessary actions to either eliminate that threat before it can be realized, or take actions of retribution.”

Sen. John Kerry, Nov. 9, 1997

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