Title: "US Military Action Against Iraq Not First Option." President Bush feels the US should pursue certain diplomatic activities before considering military action to compel
Iraqi compliance with UN resolutions. (910630)
Translated Title: EU afirma accion militar contra Irak no constituye primera opcion. (910630)
Author: SULLIVAN, ALEXANDER M (USIA STAFF WRITER)
06/30/91 U.S. MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAQ NOT FIRST OPTION (Bush says he has set diplomacy in motion) (300) by Alexander M. Sullivan USIA White House Correspondent
Kennebunkport, Maine -- President Bush feels the United States should do "certain things" before considering military action to compel Iraqi compliance with United Nations resolutions.
The president told reporters at his summer home in Kennebunkport that he has "set in train" a round of diplomatic activity similar to that preceding Desert Storm, the 100-hour military offensive which swept Saddam Hussein's invading forces out of Kuwait earlier this year.
Bush said June 29 Saddam's attempt to shield sites believed to contain nuclear facilities is simply "unacceptable" to the international community, which set as one of the conditions for ending the military offensive Iraqi cooperation in finding and dismantling possible means of manufacturing weapons of mass destruction, like chemical munitions and nuclear weapons.
Bush said the intelligence data on Iraqi nuclear facilities is "incontrovertible ... those in the United States and others that have seen the evidence are just convinced of it. I mean, it's visible, it's clear."
The president said Saddam's attempt to hide nuclear equipment "makes it more difficult" to deal with Iraq. "Anytime you're cheating and lying and hiding, (it) complicates things."
Although news reports have said the administration has begun an internal discussion of what sort of military response would be best suited to compel Iraqi compliance, Bush said he hasn't discussed any specific option.
"It's premature," he said, "to discuss what might be done by the United States and others."
He said Washington will be consulting with other nations, but he twice noted existing U.N. Security Council resolutions already provide adequate authority to use military force. NNNN
File Identification: 06/30/91, SU-705; 07/01/91, AR-107; 07/01/91, AS-109; 07/01/91, NA-103
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Keywords: BUSH, GEORGE/Foreign Relations: Near East & South Asia; IRAQ-US RELATIONS; IRAQ/Defense & Military; INSPECTIONS; ARMS CONTROL VERIFICATION; UNITED NATIONS-SECURITY COUNCIL; DIPLOMATIC COMMUNICATIONS
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PDQ Text Link: 188711; 188786