The White House, President George W. Bush Click to print this document

For Immediate Release
August 24, 2006

November 13, 2002

Global Message


  • The international community is speaking with one voice, and the United Nations is living up to its founding purpose.

  • Security Council nations worked hard to meet each other's concerns. 15 nations agreed on a strong, principled resolution that makes clear what the Iraqi regime must do to meet its obligations to the international community.

  • The Security Council reconfirmed that Iraq has been and remains in material breach of its international obligations and reminds Iraq that there will be serious consequences for any additional breach.

  • Iraq has repeatedly demonstrated that it only complies when faced with strong resolve. This resolution gives the Iraqi regime one last chance to avoid conflict.

  • The new UN inspection mandate will test whether the Iraqi regime has made a strategic shift and decided to give up its WMD.

  • The goal is simple: to fully and finally end Iraq's illegal weapons programs. Any and all non-compliance by the regime will be very serious, and treated as such.

  • To avoid conflict, the international community must continue to stand together. Standing together, we will remove this common threat to the peace of the world.
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