- THE PRACTICAL EFFECT OF THE
IRAQI OIL-FOR-FOOD PROGRAM Douglas Scott [This paper appeared originally in Disarmament Diplomacy (Issue No. 25, April 1998) With the oil-for-food program in place, the sanctions regime has been transformed. It no longer involves an outright prohibition of oil exports. Instead, the regime now depends on a system of controlled exports, under which 85% of the country’s export earnings are administered by the UN and must be spent in accordance with the requirements of the UN. Under this new version of sanctions, the UN is able to achieve a measure of targeting so that the suffering caused to the general populace is substantially reduced while the political leadership is still saddled with annoying and humiliating controls.
- Open letter to all members of the Security Council REPUBLIC OF IRAQ Permanent Mission To The United Nations -- April 30, 1998
Iraq has been subjected to such iniquitous justice as has never been recorded in
history books. Iraq has suffered the injustice of repeated military aggressions since January 17th, 1991. The latest was the aggression of the Third Return perpetrated in 1996. Iraq has also been subjected to a series of threats supported by military build-up which began in 1990 and have continued unabated ever
- THE COMING CRISIS IN IRAQ? ASSESSING BLAME BEFOREHAND USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report April 30, 1998 - Observers in many countries foresaw a new Iraq crisis in the coming weeks or months, but disagreed on who would bear the
responsibility. Most Middle East media considered the continuation of UN sanctions against Iraq unjust, with some finding it tied to the Middle East peace process and the interests of Israel. European and Asian opinion tended to see a stubborn Saddam Hussein bringing a new crisis on himself. Middle East papers claimed Iraq has complied with all resolutions and often saw the issue as one between the United States and Iraq; others saw an unrepentant Iraq defying the world.
- [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing / Secretary Cohen
Thursday, April 30, 1998 - The best way to persuade Saddam Hussein to comply, obviously, is to maintain a solidarity of opinion on the part of the allies, and those who are responsible, have been responsible for enforcing the resolutions of the United Nations. There should be no relief for Saddam Hussein until he fully complies with the resolutions.
- [EXCERPTS] TRANSCRIPT: PRESIDENT CLINTON'S PRESS CONFERENCE, APRIL 30, 1998 -- The President said he was "encouraged" about the level of Iraq's compliance so far with UN inspections" and by evidence that Iraq has reduced its nuclear capability. He said that "if Baghdad will continue to work with us," the UN may well be able to certify by October that Iraq is in compliance with UN disarmament requirements as far as nuclear weapons are concerned. Clinton said he would not act to reduce the US military presence in the Persian Gulf without a recommendation from the Defense Department.
- Sanctions Vote Iraq News APRIL 30, 1998
By Laurie Mylroie -- SADDAM CHAIRS RCC-PARTY LEADERSHIP MEETING, INA, APR 29 --
JIM HOAGLAND, "NO TIME TO TONE DOWN," WASH POST, APR 23 --
PAUL WOLFOWITZ, "REBUILDING THE ANTI-SADDAM COALITION," NOV 18 --
BOSTON GLOBE ED, "FACED DOWN BY SADDAM?" APR 25 --
CENTER FOR SECURITY POLICY HAILS SEN. LOTT ON IRAQ, APR 28
- UN SUMMARY OF PRESS BRIEFING BY UNSCOM EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN BUTLER 29 April 1998 - Richard Butler, Executive Chairman of the United Nations Special
Commission (UNSCOM) says he could close out his investigation quickly if the Iraqi government
provided him with a true and verifiable accounting of its claims.
- [EXCERPTS] TEXT: UN SPOKESMAN'S DAILY BRIEFING
APRIL 29, 1998 - A correspondent sought clarification on the official United Nations
position in light of the interpretation of the 23 February Memorandum
of Understanding given yesterday by Mohammed Al-Sahaf, the Foreign
Minister of Iraq, at his press conference. That interpretation
appeared to be at odds with statements made by the Secretary-General
and other Secretariat officials.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY FOREIGN AND OIL MINISTERS OF IRAQ 28 April 1998 - Iraq was very disappointed with the results of yesterday's Security Council meetings, correspondents were told at a Headquarters press conference this morning by that country's Foreign Minister, Mohammed Said Al-Sahaf, and its Minister of Oil, General Amir
- [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing
28 April 1998 - "We've asked for funding to maintain two carriers in
the Gulf until the end of the current fiscal year, which is September
30th. The President will have to decide whether two carriers is the
proper level or whether we should move down to a lower level."
- [EXCERPTS] UNITED NATIONS REPORT 28 April 1998 -
Security Council President says there is no consensus in Council for modifying sanctions against Iraq. Iraq says United States and United Kingdom block lifting of Security Council sanctions. Head of UNSCOM says Iraq needs to provide full accounting of weapons of mass destruction.
- UN / IRAQ REACT Voice of America 28 April 1998 - LAST WEEK, IRAQI OFFICIALS WARNED THAT A NEW CRISIS COULD DEVELOP IN THE GULF IF SANCTIONS ARE NOT LIFTED SOON. BUT THE IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER, SPEAKING IN NEW YORK, INDICATED NO RETALIATION IS PLANNED.
- GULF TROOPS HOME Voice of America 28 April 1998 -
A TOP PENTAGON OFFICIAL SAYS THE UNITED STATES MIGHT REDUCE THE NUMBER OF SHIPS, PLANES AND TROOPS NOW PATROLLING NEAR IRAQ. THE PRESIDENT IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A DECISION IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
- UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL KEEPS SANCTIONS ON IRAQ 28 April 1998 - By Judy Aita USIA -- After reviewing reports of UN weapons inspectors,
the UN Security Council determined April 27 it should not change the sanctions imposed on Iraq after its August 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
- [EXCERPTS] UNITED NATIONS REPORT 28 April 1998 - UNSCOM reports verification is key to determining Iraq's disarmament claims. Atomic Energy Agency reports no indications of prohibited equipment, materials or activities in Iraq.
- [EXCERPTS] UN SPOKESMAN'S DAILY BRIEFING 27 April 1998 - Gary Dillon, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) action team in Iraq,
first introduced the report on their activities over the past six months. Ambassador Richard Butler, Executive Chairman of the United Nations Special Commission on the disarmament of Iraq (UNSCOM), had then introduced his biannual report. Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, the Commissioner of the Special Group which conducted the inspection of eight presidential sites, also reported on his Group's mission. Iraq's detailed response to the biannual report
of UNSCOM was out as a Security Council document this morning.
- FACT SHEET: UNITED NATIONS HUMANITARIAN AID TO IRAQ 27 April 1998 - The National Security Council released fact sheet on humanitarian aid to Iraq.
- [EXCERPTS] U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 27 April 1998 - IRAQ US Position Regarding Iraqi Compliance with UNSCOM Support for Sanctions Against Iraq within the UN Security Council TEM's Assessment of Iraqi Compliance with the
UNSCOM Mission US Policy Regarding the Furthering of Sanctions Against Iraq Update on the Oil for Food Program Russian Position Regarding Sanctions Imposed on Iraq
- [EXCERPTS] White House Briefing 27 April 1998 -- There's one narrow area involving nuclear weapons programs that have been reviewed carefully by the
International Atomic Energy Agency; we're recommending that the IAEA continue to work carefully to determine whether there's been full compliance.
- U-N / IRAQ SANCTIONS 27 April 1998 -- Voice of America MEMBERS OF THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL TODAY (MONDAY) ACKNOWLEDGED IRAQ HAS MADE SOME PROGRESS TOWARDS NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT BUT REJECTED BAGHDAD'S CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE
LIFTING OF SANCTIONS.
- U-N / IRAQ SANCTIONS 27 April 1998 -- Voice of America U-S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS BILL RICHARDSON HAS RULED OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF IMMEDIATELY LIFTING SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAQ.
- IRAQ / U-N 27 April 1998 -- Voice of America
IRAQI OFFICIALS HAVE RENEWED ALLEGATIONS THAT THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN ARE OBSTRUCTING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE U-N'S "OIL-FOR-FOOD" DEAL.
- US IS RELUCTANT TO SHIFT CONTROLS ON IRAQI NUCLEAR PROGRAM 27 April 1998 -- By Judy Aita USIA United Nations Correspondent -- While acknowledging that some progress has been made between Iraq and the UN on nuclear weapons programs, US Ambassador Bill Richardson said April 27 that the US is not prepared to back moving from intrusive inspections to long-term monitoring of Baghdad's nuclear program.
- SCIENTIST DETAILS EFFECTS OF CHEMICAL ATTACK ON IRAQI KURDS 27 April 1998 -- By Peter Sawchyn USIA Staff Writer -- Ten years after Saddam Hussein ordered chemical and poison gas attacks against Iraqi Kurds in the northern city of
Halabja, a British scientist says she has found evidence of long-term, irreversible genetic damage among the survivors.
- Sanctions Review 27 April 1998 Iraq News Asked whether Iraq set any deadlines for UNSCOM, Sahhaf said, "'Leave us to see what are the developments. It's not a matter of putting a deadline, but that logic should dictate that the Security Council end sanctions soon.'
- IRAQ / COHEN / NETANYAHU 26 April 1998 Voice of America -- THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT SAYS IT WILL CONSIDER THE UNITED NATIONS' SANCTIONS VOID IF THE SECURITY COUNCIL DOES NOT TAKE STEPS SOON TO LIFT THEM. A RUSSIAN PROPOSAL TO DECLARE IRAQ FREE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IS NOT ENOUGH TO AVERT A NEW CRISIS.
- IRAQ / U-N SANCTIONS 25 April 1998 Voice of America -- THE IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER CLARIFIED AN APPARENT MISUNDERSTANDING CONCERNING U-N INSPECTIONS OF PRESIDENTIAL SITES IN IRAQ. REPEATED INSPECTIONS DEFINITELY
WILL BE ALLOWED.
- IRAQ CALLS FOR LIFTING SANCTIONS 24 April 1998 Iraq News The text of Thursday's Iraqi cabinet statement, as reported by the Iraqi News Agency, was tougher than it appeared from Friday's NYT and wire service reports.
- U-N / FRECHETTE / IRAQ 24 April 1998 Voice of America -- A LACK OF INFORMATION CONTINUES TO STAND IN THE WAY OF RESOLVING ISSUES CONCERNING SANCTIONS ON IRAQ.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 1998 -- There is no prospect for sanctions being lifted by the UN Security Council so long as Iraq continues to refuse to provide disclosure on all the weapons of mass destruction programs in the area of poison gas and germ warfare that they have refused to do consistently for years now.
- TEXT: AMERICARES ANNOUNCES AIRLIFT OF MEDICAL AID TO IRAQ 24 April 1998 -- AmeriCares, a private relief organization, announced on April 22 that it was flying 90,000 pounds of medical supplies to Iraq on April 24 from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , APRIL 23, 1998 -- IRAQ Status of the US Option of Military Force in Dealing with Iraq Status of Iraqi Compliance with UNSCOM Inspections Adjustment of Force Posture in the Region UNSC Sanctions Committee Review of Iraqi Compliance Russia's View of Iraqi Sanctions Reaction to Reports of Large Numbers of Shia Being Put to Death
- U-S POLICY IN THE PERSIAN GULF 23 April 1998 Voice of America -- U-S POLICY IN THE PERSIAN GULF WAS DEBATED AT A MEETING OF THE MIDDLE EAST POLICY COUNCIL. PARTICIPANTS STRESSED THE GROWING DIVISION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ITS
ALLIES AND THE RELEVANCE OF THE NOW STALLED PEACE PROCESS.
- IRAQ/U-N 23 April 1998 Voice of America --
THERE WERE FURTHER SIGNS FROM BAGHDAD THURSDAY THAT THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT MAY BE HEADED FOR A NEW CONFRONTATION WITH THE UNITED NATIONS.
- FIRST U.S. AID FLIGHT SET FOR IRAQ USIA
22 April 1998 -- The first planeload of humanitarian supplies from the United States will land in Iraq April 27, carrying nearly 90,000 pounds of medicines and medical supplies for Iraqi maternal and child care programs.
- $300 MILLION IN SPARE PARTS RECOMMENDED FOR IRAQ'S OIL INDUSTRY USIA 21 April 1998 -- Oil experts sent to Iraq by the United Nations to evaluate its capacity to pump oil have reported that Iraq cannot pump enough oil to meet the levels the Security Council has authorized to purchase humanitarian goods.
- IRAQ / BRITAIN 21 April 1998 Voice of America --
IN LONDON, A TWO-DAY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE LOOKING AT THE UNITED NATIONS "OIL-FOR-FOOD" PROGRAM FOR IRAQ HAS ENDED DELIBERATIONS WITH FEW CONCRETE RESULTS.
- U-N / IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER 20 April 1998 Voice of America -- THE IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER CRITICIZED A JUST-RELEASED U-N REPORT ON WEAPONS INSPECTIONS IN HIS COUNTRY.
- IRAQ / BRITAIN 20 April 1998 Voice of America --
CRITICS BELIEVE THE LONDON CONFERENCE FOCUSING ON THE UNITED NATIONS OIL-FOR-FOOD DEAL IN IRAQ IS NOTHING MORE THAN WHAT THEY CALL A "TALKING SHOP."
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1998 - IRAQ Information to IAEA still incomplete UN six-month report shows failure to cooperate No significance to parade in Baghdad No information on the role of the Russian
ambassador in Baghdad
- Iraqi Crisis Easing, Not Over By Linda D. Kozaryn American Forces Press Service 20 April 1998 -- The crisis with Iraq has eased,
but it is not over, U.S. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen told U.S. service members here April 18.
- UNITED NATIONS REPORT , MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1998 -- Secretary-General recommends that Security Council allow Iraq to spend $300 million to repair oil infrastructure.
- PALACE INSPECTIONS 20 April 1998 Iraq News Not only does it seem Saddam has something in mind, but it would seem that he intended to wait for the completion of the palace inspections and then make another move.
- Question and Answer Session Following the Joint Press Conference April 19, 1998 We did raise the issue of compliance on the part of Saddam Hussein and he agreed it has to be a full compliance. Until that
happens, there can be no relief on the sanctions.
- Senior Defense Official Background Briefing
April 18, 1998 - Incirlik Turkish air base Operation Northern Watch is a coalition operation—U.S. forces, Turkish forces and British forces.
- DoD News Briefing April 18, 1998 Secretary Cohen: "It's not enough to say that Saddam has opened his presidential palaces and therefore the inspectors have found nothing, therefore the sanctions should be removed. He has an affirmative obligation to produce evidence of the destruction of his chemical and biological weapons."
- DoD News Briefing April 18, 1998 Secretary Cohen: "With respect to what the United States will do, we intend to maintain, obviously, a presence in the Gulf region as we had prior to the crisis being escalated by Saddam's actions, that we would continue to insist that he fully comply with the U.N. resolutions as the United Nations requires, that sanctions will remain in place until such time as there is full compliance."
- DoD News Briefing April 18, 1998 Secretary Cohen:
"Continuing to try to deal with the peace process will be helpful in the entire region. I don't think it undermined our position because I was satisfied that we had—and would have had—all of the support necessary to carry out any military option. But it was of increasing concern to all of the countries in the region, the perception that it was a double standard."
- COHEN-JORDAN-IRAQ 18 April 1998 Voice of America --
DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM COHEN SAYS THE UNITED NATIONS SHOULD KEEP ITS SANCTIONS IN FORCE AGAINST IRAQ UNTIL BAGHDAD OFFERS PROOF THAT IT HAS DESTROYED ALL OF ITS WEAPONS OF MASS
- IRAQ STILL FAR FROM SATISFYING WEAPONS INSPECTORS USIA 17 April 1998 -- The head of the Special Commission overseeing the destruction of Iraqi weapons (UNSCOM) told the Security Council April 17 that Iraq is no closer to providing U.N. weapons experts with the data they need to certify Iraq is free of the banned weapons than it
was six months ago.
- The Next Crisis Coming? Iraq News APRIL 17, 1998
The next crisis already seems upon us. Yesterday, Iraq's Revolutionary Command Council and Bath party leadership met in joint session and issued a statement calling for the "immediate and undelayed implementation of Paragraph 22 of Resolution 687" following the UNSC sanctions review to be held before month's end.
- U-N / IRAQ WEAPONS 4/17/98 Voice of America IRAQ'S PUSH TO HAVE INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS LIFTED HAS SUFFERED ANOTHER SETBACK TODAY (FRIDAY) WITH THE RELEASE OF A REPORT CRITICAL OF ITS DEALINGS WITH U-N ARMS INSPECTORS.
- EDITORIAL: IRAQI WEAPONS CLAIMS NOT CREDIBLE APRIL 17, 1998 Voice of America EXPERTS REPORTED THAT U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS ARE RIGHT
TO BE SKEPTICAL ABOUT IRAQI CLAIMS. THE INDEPENDENT EXPERTS CALLED IRAQI DISCLOSURES ON BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS PROGRAMS "INCOMPLETE AND INADEQUATE." THEY SAID THAT IRAQI CLAIMS "CANNOT
BE RECONCILED WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE."
- RCC, PARTY LEADERSHIP CALL FOR IMMEDIATE LIFTING OF SANCTIONS Baghdad Iraq News Agency [INA] 1000 GMT 16 Apr 1998 "... it will be time for discussion of the embargo at the end of April to lead to the immediate and undelayed implementation of Paragraph 22 of Resolution 687 as a prelude to the complete and comprehensive lifting of the embargo and all things that come with it, especially since the recent lies of those with certain ambitions have been exposed."
- ANNAN: UNSCOM VISITS TO PRESIDENTIAL SITES HAVE NO TIME LIMIT 16 April 1998 Judy Aita USIA -- Secretary General Kofi Annan said April 16 that the agreement he negotiated with Iraq on U.N. inspections of the so-called presidential compounds allows weapons inspectors to "go again and to go back again."
- DoD News Briefing Thursday, April 16, 1998 What is the ship and troop count in the Persian Gulf these days? And are there plans to remove or to draw them down further than where you currently are?
- The IAEA on Iraq's Nuclear Program and Its Critics
Iraq News 16 Apr 1998 Laurie Mylroie -- There is a serious disagreement on the status of Baghdad's nuclear program between the two organizations charged with disarming
Iraq, UNSCOM and the IAEA. Iraq made clear that "the fundamental issue of continuing access is by no means solved and has only been postponed to the future."
- UN: IRAQ EXECUTED MORE THAN 1,500 POLITICAL PRISONERS IN 1997 By Wendy Lubetkin USIA 15 April 1998 -- Max Van der Stoel, the former Dutch Foreign Minister who has been charged by the UN with investigating human rights violations in Iraq, believes it is "highly probable" that Iraq carried out more than 1,500 executions for political purposes during 1997.
- Major Delegation to challenge U.S./UN Sanctions Against Iraq
April 14, 1998 A large delegation of religious leaders, medical professionals and
anti-war activists will travel to Iraq from May 6 through May 13, 1998
to bring in badly needed medical supplies. Ramsey Clark, former U.S.
Attorney General, will head the Iraq Sanctions Challenge Delegation as
it travels to Iraq.
- IRAQ / RIGHTS Voice of America 4/14/98 A UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR HAS ACCUSED THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT OF SYSTEMATIC AND WIDESPREAD HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS.
- U-N / IRAQ INSPECTIONS Voice of America
4/13/98: A UNITED NATIONS REPORT RELEASED TODAY SAYS IRAQ HAS PROVIDED AN INADEQUATE AND INCOMPLETE ACCOUNTING OF ITS BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PROGRAM, DESPITE U-N REQUIREMENTS THAT IT
PROVIDE FULL DETAILS.
- EXPERT PANEL SAYS IRAQI DATA ON BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS IS "INADEQUATE" 14 April 1998 By Judy Aita USIA -- A group of international experts has concluded that the biological weapons information Iraq has supplied to the U.N.
weapons inspectors is "incomplete and inadequate" and that it cannot
say for certain that Iraq is not continuing the deception.
- [EXCERPTS] UNITED NATIONS REPORT TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 1998
UN technical experts conclude Iraq's information on its biological
weapons programme is incomplete and inadequate. International Atomic Energy Agency reports "no immediate indications" of prohibited materials at Iraqi presidential sites. UN human rights expert reports that Iraq may have executed 1,500 people last year for political reasons.
- [EXCERPTS] TEXT: UN SPOKESMAN'S DAILY BRIEFING MONDAY, APRIL 13 On Iraq, there is a virtual battery of reports.
The biannual report of the Executive Chairman of the United Nations
Special Commission (UNSCOM) on the elimination of Iraq's weapons of
mass destruction was likely to go to the Council by the middle of the
week, perhaps late Wednesday. The report of the Commissioner of the
special group charged with inspections of presidential sites might
also be available Wednesday afternoon.
- 800 Russian Gyroscopes to Iraq: Conclusions. Part 1 PIR Arms Control Letter April, 1998.
- Russian Gyroscopes to Iraq: Conclusions. Part 2. PIR Arms Control Letter April, 1998
- Missile Parts Sent To Iraq Detailed David Hoffman Washington Post Saturday. April 11, 1998, Page A09
- Iraq News APRIL 10, 1998 By Laurie Mylroie
THE THREAT OF BIOLOGICAL TERRORISM, BW TERRORISM IS STATE-SPONSORED
- Iraq News APRIL 7, 1998 By Laurie Mylroie
RUSSIA CALLS FOR STEPS TO SPEED LIFTING SANCTIONS, EGYPT'S AL AHRAM CALLS FOR LIFTING SANCTIONS, DOUG FEITH: PREPARE TO OVERTHROW SADDAM.
- CLINTON REPORT TO CONGRESS ON IRAQ'S NON-COMPLIANCE WITH UNSC 07 April 1998 In his report to Congress on efforts to obtain Iraq's compliance with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, the President said "Iraq remains a serious threat to international peace and security."
- IRAN/IRAQ Voice of America 4/6/98 IRAN AND IRAQ HAVE RELEASED MORE PRISONERS (MONDAY) FROM THEIR WAR OF THE 1980'S, AS PART OF THE LARGEST PRISONER EXCHANGE IN NEARLY EIGHT YEARS.
- Cohen Cautious on Persian Gulf Progress
By Paul Stone American Forces Press Service 06 April 1998 -- Although saying he hoped to reduce the size of the 30,000-member force soon, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen
said progress of the U.N. inspection process ultimately will determine the timetable.
- IRAQ/U-N Voice of America 4/4/98: U-N ARMS EXPERTS AND A TEAM OF DIPLOMATS LEFT BAGHDAD SATURDAY AFTER SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THEIR FIRST-EVER INSPECTIONS OF EIGHT PRESIDENTIAL COMPOUNDS.
- U-N / IRAQ INSPECTIONS END Voice of America 4/3/98 : U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS HAVE COMPLETED THEIR FIRST ROUND OF INSPECTIONS OF IRAQ'S CONTROVERSIAL PRESIDENTIAL SITES.
- U-N / IRAQ INSPECTIONS END Voice of America 4/3/98 : U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS HAVE COMPLETED THEIR FIRST ROUND OF INSPECTIONS OF IRAQ'S CONTROVERSIAL PRESIDENTIAL SITES.
- UN COMPLETES INSPECTIONS OF ALL EIGHT PRESIDENTIAL SITES 03 April 1998 -- The special group of UN Special Commission for Iraq (UNSOM) weapons inspectors, diplomats and representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has completed its initial inspections of Iraqi presidential sites,
- Iraq News APRIL 2, 1998 By Laurie Mylroie IRAQ STRENGTHENS POSITION IN SOUTH, NORTH, AL SHARQ AL AWSAT, SADDAM VISITS AL DUR, IRAQ
- EDITORIAL: IRAQ RIGHTS SITUATION VOA APRIL 2, 1998. FORGOING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION IS NOT IRAQ'S ONLY OBLIGATION TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. U-N SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS ALSO REQUIRE SADDAM HUSSEIN TO END HIS REPRESSION OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE.
- [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen Thursday, April 2, 1998 -- Saddam Hussein is under an affirmative obligation to prove that he has destroyed what he claims he had in his inventory. There's only one problem -- they can't produce any evidence that showed when, how, where, under what circumstances it has been destroyed. The Iraqi government, the officials, had lied consistently about their having chemical and biological weapons.
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