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Rumsfeld Warns Iraq

Sunday, 10 November 2002 12:00 AM

Rumsfeld added that the United States "will continue to patrol the skies over Iraq" and noted that the choice of compliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions "does not rest in Washington. It does not rest in New York. It rests in Baghdad. For the sake of peace, let's hope that the Iraqi regime chooses wisely."

Rumsfeld made his comments at a joint press conference with German Defense Minister Peter Struck - after a working session during which the two war chiefs, among other things, discussed the latest U.N. Security Council resolution, missile defense, leadership of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, and the global war on terrorism.

In his opening remarks, Rumsfeld said, "Germany is a long-standing ally of the United States in NATO, and needless to say, we value that relationship and the friendship of the German people.

"We discussed a good many issues, including the agenda for the Prague summit. We talked about various activities within NATO, such as the NATO response force proposal, which will be considered at Prague. And we talked about the missile defense feasibility study, and spent a good deal of time talking about the Federal Republic of Germany and the Netherlands decision to take the baton from Turkey sometime early next year with respect to the leadership of the International Security Assistance Force.

"As you'll recall, the British had the first lead, the Turkish the second, and it looks as though the Germans and the Netherlands will take the third lead.

"We also discussed the way ahead on the global war on terrorism. I thanked the minister for the Federal Republic's contributions to the global war. And we certainly look forward to working with him in the period ahead.

"I'd like to make some other remarks, separate from that, because of the passage this morning of the U.N. resolution. It is the result of a good deal of hard work over the past several weeks. President Bush has rallied our country and the world to address the dangers that are posed by the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. Until President Bush spoke out on this subject, the world was drifting along and Iraq was hard at work on developing weapons of mass destruction, having thrown out the U.N. inspectors.

"The president took his case to the Congress first, and the American people, and the Congress responded.

"He then took his case to the United Nations, and the Security Council has now responded.

"The world's attention is now turning to Baghdad. The Iraqi regime has a choice to make. He can give up his weapons of mass destruction or, as the president has said, he will lose power. The burden of proof is not on the United States or the United Nations to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and destroy them. The burden of proof is on Saddam Hussein to prove to the world that he is in fact disarming, as he agreed to do a decade ago and as is now required by some 17 U.N. resolutions.

"As the president made clear ... inspections can be effective only if the target nation has made a choice to disarm and the country wants to prove to the world that it's in fact doing so. Inspections cannot be effective in uncovering deceptions and violations if the target country is determined not to cooperate. The task the international community now faces is to determine what choice Saddam Hussein will make. Has he accepted, finally, that he has no choice left but to disarm, or as before, has he simply made a tactical retreat in the hope of keeping his weapons of mass destruction aspirations alive?

"We know this much: the only thing that has brought us to this point is the growing threat of pressure on the Iraqi regime, and the only way to finish the job facing the U.N. today is that Iraq be disarmed. And to do that, it's necessary to keep the pressure up.

"Since 1998, the Iraqi regime has refused to allow any inspectors into the country. They're reversing course in this period only when they began to realize they had little choice. And the minute that Saddam Hussein and his small ruling clique sense that they're out of danger, I suspect that they'll have no further incentive to cooperate, and any U.N. inspection and disarmament efforts could then fail.

"There will be a number of opportunities in the coming weeks to discover their intentions. Needless to say, Iraq ought not to take or threaten hostile action against inspectors or coalition aircraft upholding U.N. inspections.

"Within seven days, the - Iraq is required to confirm an intention to comply. Within 30 days Iraq is - must fully and truthfully declare all of its weapons of mass destruction capabilities, its programs and stockpiles. They need to comply with demands to inspect any site and interview any individual that inspectors see fit, including interviews outside of Iraq.

"As the president said, any act of delay or defiance will be considered an additional breach of Iraq's international obligations, and 'if Iraq fails to comply fully, the U.S. and other nations will disarm Saddam Hussein.'"

"During this period, the United States will continue to patrol the skies over Iraq. We'll continue working with our friends and allies to keep the pressure on them to respond favorably to the U.N. resolution, and we'll continue working with the Iraqi opposition to prepare in the event that they fail to cooperate. Continuing - we will also continue developing humanitarian relief and reconstruction plans for a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq.

"Saddam Hussein needs to understand that this is his regime's chance to come into compliance with all U.N. Security Council resolutions. The choice does not rest in Washington. It does not rest in New York. It rests in Baghdad. For the sake of peace, let's hope that the Iraqi regime chooses wisely."

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