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Tracking Number:  188692

Title:  "US Condemns Iraq's Hostile Action Against UN Team." WH Statement. (910628)

Date:  19910628

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06/28/91 HU.S. CONDEMNS IRAQ'S HOSTILE ACTION AGAINST U.N. TEAM SH(Text: Tutwiler statement) (520)

TWashington -- Iraq's action preventing a United Nations inspection team from entering a facility where suspected nuclear-related equipment was being moved and stored "constitutes an unambiguous and flagrant breach of U.N. Security Council Resolution 687," a U.S. State Department spokesman says.

In a prepared statement, spokesman Margaret Tutwiler noted June 28 that Iraqi soldiers had earlier threatened members of the U.N. team with small arms fire while they were attempting to conduct a challenge inspection of a portion of the Al Fallujah facility.

Describing the hostile act as "outrageous," the spokesman said it demonstrates the Iraqi government's "continued scorn and total disregard for the Security Council and its mandatory resolutions."

Following is the text of Tutwiler's statement:

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United Nations Security Council permanent representatives were briefed by the U.N. Special Commission's chairman this morning on the latest and serious news about continued Iraqi obstruction of the work of the Special Commission/IAEA inspection team.

This morning, Baghdad time, Iraqi soldiers prevented the inspection team from conducting a challenge inspection of a portion of the Al Fallujah facility where suspected nuclear-related equipment was being moved and stored.

As the team awaited entrance to the facility, it observed vehicles within the compound loaded with the objects the team specifically desired to inspect. These loaded vehicles departed out of the back exit of the facility.

When team members moved closer to observe and photograph the departure of the vehicles, Iraqi military authorities threatened the inspection team with small arms warning shots fired in the air. The Iraqis also made efforts to seize the team's cameras.

Although the team did not gain immediate access to the site, team members were able to take extensive photographs of the vehicles and their cargoes as they departed the site. We understand the team was able to identify the equipment as related to Iraq's uranium enrichment program.

The Security Council will meet again later this afternoon in an informal session to consider next steps.

This outrageous behavior by the government of Iraq constitutes an unambiguous and flagrant breach of U.N. Security Council Resolution 687.

Only yesterday, the Security Council president -- currently it is Cote d'Ivoire -- on behalf of the whole Security Council, met with the Iraqi perm rep to put the Iraqi government on notice that it must, one, submit to the Security Council, in writing from the highest levels of the Iraqi government, Iraq's acceptance of and renewed commitment to abide by all provisions of U.N. Security Council resolution 687; cooperate with the Security Council, the Special Commission, IAEA, and the Special Commission teams in the field and allow inspections of any site on demand without delay; and two, finally, explain to the Council in writing the movement of equipment from the Abu Gharaib site and allow full inspection of the equipment that had been removed.

Today's action by the Iraqi government demonstrates its continued scorn and total disregard for the Security Council and its mandatory resolutions.

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File Identification:  06/28/91, PO-505; 06/28/91, AR-528; 06/28/91, EP-521; 06/28/91, EU-506; 06/28/91, NE-508
Product Name:  Wireless File
Product Code:  WF
Keywords:  IRAQ-US RELATIONS; INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; INSPECTIONS; UNITED NATIONS-SECURITY COUNCIL
Document Type:  TXT
Thematic Codes:  160; 1UN
Target Areas:  AR; EA; EU; NE
PDQ Text Link:  188692