The Iraqi regime says it has agreed to cooperate and comply
with the UN resolution. We have heard this before, and now it is time
to judge their actions.
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. Fifteen 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 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 will be treated as such.
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