President Bush Pleased with
by the President on the United Nations Security Council Resolution
The Rose Garden
White House photo by Paul Morse
morning. With the resolution just passed, the United Nations Security Council
has met important responsibilities, upheld its principles and given clear and
fair notice that Saddam Hussein must fully disclose and destroy his weapons of
mass destruction. He must submit to any and all methods to verify his
compliance. His cooperation must be prompt and unconditional, or he will face
the severest consequences.
world has now come together to say that the outlaw regime in Iraq will not be
permitted to build or possess chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
the judgment of the United States Congress, that is the judgment of the United
Nations Security Council. Now the world must insist that that judgment be
obligation to disarm is not new, or even recent. To end the Persian Gulf War and
ensure its own survival, Iraq's regime agreed to disarm in April of 1991. For
over a decade the Iraqi regime has treated its own pledge with contempt.
today's resolution states, Iraq is already in material breach of past U.N.
has aggressively pursued weapons of mass destruction, even while inspectors were
inside the country. Iraq has undermined the effectiveness of weapons inspectors
with ploys, delays, and threats -- making their work impossible and leading to
four years of no inspections at all.
world has learned from this experience an essential lesson, inspections will not
result in a disarmed Iraq unless the Iraqi regime fully cooperates. Inspectors
do not have the power to disarm an unwilling regime. They can only confirm that
a government has decided to disarm itself. History has shown that when Iraq's
leaders stall inspections and impede the progress, it means they have something
resolution approved today presents the Iraqi regime with a test -- a final test.
must now, without delay or negotiations, fully disarm; welcome full inspections,
welcome full inspections, and fundamentally change the approach it has taken for
more than a decade.
regime must allow immediate and unrestricted access to every site, every
document, and every person identified by inspectors. Iraq can be certain that
the old game of cheat-and-retreat tolerated at other times will no longer be
of delay or defiance will be an additional breach of Iraq's international
obligations, and a clear signal that the Iraqi regime has once again abandoned
the path of voluntary compliance.
passage of this resolution, the world must not lapse into unproductive debates
over whether specific instances of Iraqi noncompliance are serious. Any Iraqi
noncompliance is serious, because such bad faith will show that Iraq has no
intention of disarming. If we're to avert war, all nations must continue to
pressure Saddam Hussein to accept this resolution and to comply with its
obligations and his obligations.
will be making only one determination: is
meeting the terms of the Security Council resolution or not? The United States
has agreed to discuss any material breach with the Security Council, but without
jeopardizing our freedom of action to defend our country. If Iraq fails to fully
comply, the United States and other nations will disarm Saddam Hussein.
already met with the head of the U.N. Inspections Program and the head of the
International Atomic Energy Agency, which has responsibility for nuclear
matters. I've assured them that the United States will fully support their
efforts, including a request for information that can help identify illegal
activities and materials in
encourage every member of the United Nations to strongly support the inspection
teams. And now the inspectors have an important responsibility to make full use
of the tools we have given them in this resolution.
patriotic Iraqis should embrace this resolution as an opportunity for Iraq to
avoid war and end its isolation. Saddam Hussein cannot hide his weapons of mass
destruction from international inspectors without the cooperation of hundreds
and thousands of Iraqis -- those who work in the weapons program and those who
are responsible for concealing the weapons. We call on those Iraqis to convey
whatever information they have to inspectors, the United States, or other
countries, in whatever manner they can. By helping the process of disarmament,
they help their country.
Americans recognize what is at stake. In fighting a war on terror, we are
determined to oppose every source of catastrophic harm that threatens our
country, our friends, and our allies. We are actively pursuing dangerous terror
networks across the world. And we oppose a uniquely dangerous regime -- a regime
that has harbored terrorists and can supply terrorists with weapons of mass
destruction; a regime that has built such terrible weapons and has used them to
kill thousands; a brutal regime with a history of both reckless ambition and
United States of America will not live at the mercy of any group or regime that
has the motive and seeks the power to murder Americans on a massive scale. The
threat to America also threatens peace and security in the Middle East and far
beyond. If Iraq's
dictator is permitted to acquire nuclear weapons, he could resume his pattern of
intimidation and conquest and dictate the future of a vital region.
confronting this threat, America seeks the support of the world. If action
becomes necessary, we will act in the interests of the world. And America
expects Iraqi compliance with all U.N. resolutions.
has come for the Iraqi people to escape oppression, find freedom and live in
to thank the Secretary of State Colin Powell for his leadership, his good work
and his determination over the past two months. He's worked tirelessly and
successfully for a resolution that recognizes important concerns of our Security
Council partners and makes Iraq's responsibilities clear.
thank our Ambassador to the United Nations, John Negroponte and his team at our
U.N. mission in New York
for their hard work and outstanding service to our country. Secretary of State
Powell's team has done a fine job. The American people are grateful to the
Security Council for passing this historic resolution.
of the Council acted with courage and took a principled stand. The United
Nations has shown the kind of international leadership promised by its charter
and required by our times. Now comes the hard part. The Security Council must
maintain its unity and sense of purpose so that the Iraq regime cannot revert to
the strategies of obstruction and deception it used so successfully in the past.
outcome of the current crisis is already determined: the full disarmament of
weapons of mass destruction by Iraq will occur. The only question for the Iraqi
regime is to decide how. The United States prefers that Iraq meet its
obligations voluntarily, yet we are prepared for the alternative. In either
case, the just demands of the world will be met.
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