The United Nations Security Council found Iraq in continuing
material breach of its obligations and made clear this was Iraq's final
opportunity to disarm. We are very far from that point today.
Time is running out on Iraq's chance to disarm peacefully.
Immediate action is required by Iraq or those who seek to uphold UN
mandates will be forced to act.
The declaration by Iraq of four additional chemical weapons
warheads, after UN inspectors discovered 12 warheads in excellent
condition last week, should not be mistaken for a genuine effort to
Inspectors found that Iraq has failed to account for nearly
30,000 shells for chemical agents. Bringing forward four is hardly
evidence of a good faith effort. It is further evidence that Iraq
continues to posses proscribed materials.
The President continues to work and consult with our allies.
The use of military force is America's last option. Yet if force
becomes necessary to secure our country and to keep the peace, America
will act deliberately, America will act decisively, and America will