For Immediate Release
January 6, 2003
Remarks by the President in Photo Opportunity with his Cabinet
Excerpts from Remarks by the President in Photo Opportunity with his
Cabinet, January 6, 2003
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QUESTION: Sir, with three weeks to go until the U.N.
inspectors report back, are you seeing any signs of compliance by
Iraq? Saddam says it's carrying out intelligence work.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I thought that was an interesting
statement on his part. When you combine that with the fact that his
declaration was clearly deficient, it is discouraging news for those of
us who want to resolve this issue peacefully.
He has the obligation to disarm. For the sake of peace, he must
disarm. The United Nations has clearly said that. It is in our
nation's interest that he disarm. He is a threat to the American
people. He's a threat to our friends and neighbors in the Middle
East. He is a person who has used weapons of mass destruction. And
so, therefore, the world has said to Saddam, you won't have any weapons
of mass destruction, get rid of them. And thus far, it looks like he
But he's got time. And we continue to call upon Saddam Hussein to
listen to what the world is saying. Not just the United States, but
the entire world expects Saddam Hussein to disarm.