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DATE=3/2/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-227475
TITLE=U-N / IRAQ INSPECTIONS (S - UPDATE)
BYLINE=MAX RUSTON
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  MEMBERS OF THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL SAY THEY HAVE AGREED 
ON THE WORDING OF A DRAFT RESOLUTION THAT INCREASES PRESSURE ON 
IRAQ TO ABIDE BY ITS ARMS INSPECTION ACCORD WITH U-N 
SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN.  FROM OUR UNITED NATIONS BUREAU, 
V-O-A'S MAX RUSTON REPORTS THE RESOLUTION IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE 
FORMAL APPROVAL WITHIN HOURS.

TEXT:  AFTER LENGTHY DISCUSSIONS, SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AGREED
TO WARN OF, IN THE COUNCIL'S WORDS, "SEVEREST CONSEQUENCES" IF 
IRAQ VIOLATES ITS AGREEMENT WITH THE U-N SECRETARY-GENERAL.  THE 
RESOLUTION DOES  NOT  AUTOMATICALLY AUTHORIZE MILITARY STRIKES 
AGAINST IRAQ IF VIOLATIONS ARE DISCOVERED.

BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES WERE PRESSING FOR THE TOUGHEST 
POSSIBLE LANGUAGE IN THE RESOLUTION.  U-S OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE 
PLEASED WITH THE OUTCOME.

FRANCE, RUSSIA AND CHINA WERE RELUCTANT TO APPROVE ANY WORDING 
THAT WOULD ALLOW MILITARY STRIKES WITHOUT ADDITIONAL SECURITY 
COUNCIL APPROVAL.

BRITISH AND U-S POLITICIANS HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT IRAQ WILL
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LATEST EASING OF TENSION IN THE GULF TO 
STEP UP ITS ALLEGED CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS PROGRAMS.  
(SIGNED)

NEB/UN/MPR/MMK

02-Mar-98 3:51 PM EST (2051 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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