Tracking Number:  197696

Title:  "US, Council Members Weighing Next Steps Against Iraq." White House statement concerning allied actions against Iraq for its continued stonewalling of UN efforts to disclose and destroy Iraq's military arsenal. (910918)

Translated Title:  EU, miembros Consejo Seguridad sopesan proximas medidas contra Irak. (910918)
Date:  19910918


09/18/91 * U.S., COUNCIL MEMBERS WEIGHING NEXT STEPS AGAINST IRAQ (Text: Fitzwater statement) (460)

Grand Canyon, Arizona -- In view of Iraq's "clear violation" of a United Nations Security Council resolution permitting "unimpeded" U.N. helicopters in Iraq, the United States and other council members are discussing the "most appropriate means" to continue the search for Iraqi ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction, White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater said in a statement September 18.

Fitzwater noted that military planners are discussing options to provide helicopters and support necessary to continue the U.N. inspections, but he added that no decision has been made to deploy them. He said such a decision will not be required "if Iraq complies with the provisions of U.N. Resolutions 687 and 707."

Meanwhile, the statement noted, the Saudi government has requested deployment of U.S. Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia "as a deterrent against the continuing Iraqi missile threat."

Following is the text of Fitzwater's statement:

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Under U.N. Security Council Resolutions 687 and 707, Iraq is obligated to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction and its ballistic missile capabilities. Iraq is also required to permit U.N. Special Commission and International Atomic Energy Agency inspection teams to verify Iraqi compliance.

In order to fulfill its inspection responsibilities, the U.N. special commission needs to be able to use its helicopters and other aircraft over Iraq. Iraq has refused to allow U.N. helicopters to operate unimpeded in Iraq. This is a clear violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 707, which permits the use of helicopters without condition. The U.S. and other members of the U.N. Security Council have therefore been discussing the most appropriate means to continue inspections in Iraq.

Consistent with those discussions, military planners have examined options to provide helicopters and support necessary to continue U.N. inspections. But there has been no decision to deploy these U.S. forces, nor will such a

* PAGE 2 decision be required if Iraq complies with the provisions of U.N. resolutions 687 and 707.

In the meantime, the government of Saudi Arabia has requested deployment of U.S. Patriot units to the kingdom as a deterrent against the continuing Iraqi missile threat. The U.S. has granted the request for this purely defensive system in light of the current Iraqi threat and continued Iraqi non-compliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Iraq continues to employ concealment and deception to evade U.N. Special Commission inspection teams and thus to preserve a residual capability to produce and deploy these weapons illegally. We believe Iraq still possesses several hundred scud missiles of the type used against Saudi Arabia during the gulf war.

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File Identification:  09/18/91, PO-308; 09/18/91, EU-311; 09/18/91, NE-313; 09/19/91, AS-402; 09/19/91, AR-402; 09/19/91, EP-406; 09/18/91, WF-U02; 09/19/91, NA-403
Product Name:  Wireless File
Product Code:  WF
Languages:  Arabic; Spanish
Document Type:  TXT
Thematic Codes:  1NE; 1UN; 1AC
Target Areas:  AR; EA; EU; NE
PDQ Text Link:  197696; 197677