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Friday, 8 November, 2002, 19:12 GMT
Excerpts: Bush's speech on Iraq vote
In a speech delivered minutes after the UN Security Council approved a new resolution on Iraq, President George Bush warned Baghdad to comply or be disarmed.
The following are excerpts from that speech:
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.
The 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.
That is the judgement of the United States Congress, that is the judgement of the United Nations Security Council. Now the world must insist that that judgement be enforced.
Iraq's 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.
As today's resolution states, Iraq is already in material breach of past UN demands.
Iraq 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.
The world has learned from this experience an essential lesson, inspections will not result in a disarmed Iraq unless the Iraqi regime fully co-operates.
The resolution approved today presents the Iraqi regime with a test - a final test. Iraq must now, without delay or negotiations, fully disarm, welcome full inspections, and fundamentally change the approach it has taken for more than a decade.
The 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 tolerated.
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Any act 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.
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.
America will be making only one determination: is Iraq 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 jeopardising our freedom of action to defend our country.
If Iraq fails to fully comply, the United States and other nations will disarm Saddam Hussein.
All 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 co-operation of hundreds and thousands of Iraqis - those who work in the weapons programme 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.
Americans recognise 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 harboured 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 reckless miscalculation.
The 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.
In confronting this threat, America seeks the support of the world. If action becomes necessary, we will act in the interests of the world.
The 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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