Tuesday, November 3, 1998 Published at 19:54 GMT
Sanctions stay, Cook tells Iraq
The UN inspectors leaving Baghdad
Mr Cook said recent tests showed traces of VX nerve gas in fragments of Iraqi missile warheads, despite Saddam Hussein's denials.
Iraq suspended the work of the United Nations weapons inspectors operating in the country on Saturday.
Gulf War legacy
The inspectors are intended to ensure President Saddam is complying with the ceasefire terms laid down after the 1991 Gulf War.
Mr Cook said Britain wanted to find a diplomatic solution but he said in the wake of Iraq's decision to withdraw co-operation "all options remain open".
Britain still has a Tornado aircraft fleet stationed in the Gulf.
'We will not get weary'
Mr Cook said Saddam Hussein "appears to be gambling that the world will grow weary of his constant evasion and his repeated confrontation".
But he said: "We must remain ready and resolute to prove him wrong".
Mr Cook said allowing Iraq to retain a chemical weapons capability endangered its neighbours.
He said the Iraqi leader "cannot and will not be allowed to win".
UK and US in complete agreement
Mr Cook's position is in step with the US, which is not ruling out any options.
US State Department Correspondent Richard Lister said: "Saddam Hussein's latest refusal to co-operate with the international weapons inspectors is completely unacceptable."
But Shadow Foreign Secretary Michael Howard called on Mr Cook to stop prevaricating.
He said: "Can you give the House an assurance that your final warning to Iraq will be more effective than your final warnings to (Serbian) President Milosevic during the Kosovo crisis in the summer?"
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