The future of peace depends on the disarmament of Iraq. Saddam
Hussein continues to be in violation of UN Security Council Resolution
1441 and the terms of that resolution must be fully respected.
The Security Council has taken a clear stand, and it now faces
a clear choice. With all the world watching, the Council will now show
whether it means what it says.
The US, the UK, and Spain introduced a new Security Council
resolution that says in clear and simple terms that Iraq is not
complying with Resolution 1441. This is not a second resolution on
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, it is the 18th in a long series of
resolutions going back 12 years.
During these final deliberations, there is but one question for
the Council to address: is Saddam Hussein complying with Resolution
1441? That resolution did not call for hints of progress or minor
concessions, but demanded full and immediate disarmament.
We will not allow the Iraqi dictator, with a history of
aggression and close ties to terrorist groups, to continue to possess
or produce weapons of mass destruction