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

For Immediate Release
August 24, 2006

December 3, 2002

Global Message


  • As UN weapons inspections begin, inspections will only work if Iraq fully complies. The responsibility of inspectors is simply to confirm the evidence of voluntary and total disarmament.

  • Saddam Hussein has the responsibility to provide the evidence as directed and in full. The United States will be making one judgment: Has Saddam Hussein decided to cooperate willingly and comply completely, or has he not?

  • On or before the 8th of December, Iraq must provide a full and accurate declaration of its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. That declaration must be credible and complete, or the Iraqi dictator will have demonstrated to the world once again that he has chosen not to change his behavior.

  • The UN Security Council, the NATO Alliance and the United States are united. Saddam Hussein will fully disarm himself of weapons of mass destruction. And if he does not, the United States will lead a coalition to do so.
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