In the case of North Korea, the world must continue to speak
with one voice to turn that regime away from its nuclear ambitions.
In the case of Iraq, the world has already spoken with one
voice. The Iraqi regime has a duty under UN Security Council
resolutions to declare and destroy all of its weapons of mass
destruction. The Iraqi regime is a grave threat to the United States
and our friends.
The Iraqi regime has a brutal record of torturing their own
people and a record of reckless aggression against their neighbors.
They have used weapons of mass destruction on people in other
countries, and they have used weapons of mass destruction on their own
Four years ago, UN inspectors concluded that Iraq failed to
account for large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons capable
of killing millions. In last month's declaration, Iraq again failed to
account for those weapons.
We can now be certain that [the regime] holds the UN Security
Council and the opinion of mankind in contempt. Saddam Hussein was
given a path to peace; thus far, he has chosen the path of defiance.
The fate of the Iraqi regime will be determined by its own
decisions. Saddam Hussein knows precisely what he must do to avoid
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 prevail because we've got the finest military in the world.