The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2003

Global Message


  • The future of peace depends on the disarmament of Iraq. Saddam Hussein continues to be in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1441 and the terms of that resolution must be fully respected.

  • The Security Council has taken a clear stand, and it now faces a clear choice. With all the world watching, the Council will now show whether it means what it says.

  • The US, the UK, and Spain introduced a new Security Council resolution that says in clear and simple terms that Iraq is not complying with Resolution 1441. This is not a second resolution on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, it is the 18th in a long series of resolutions going back 12 years.

  • During these final deliberations, there is but one question for the Council to address: is Saddam Hussein complying with Resolution 1441? That resolution did not call for hints of progress or minor concessions, but demanded full and immediate disarmament.

  • We will not allow the Iraqi dictator, with a history of aggression and close ties to terrorist groups, to continue to possess or produce weapons of mass destruction
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