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03 March 1998

TEXT: CLINTON STATEMENT LATE MARCH 2 ON UNSC RESOLUTION

(Iraq must make good on its commitment on inspections) (240)



Washington -- President Clinton issued a statement late March 2 saying
that "Tonight's unanimous vote of the United Nations Security Council
sends the clearest possible message: Iraq must make good on its
commitment to give the international weapons inspectors immediate,
unconditional, and unrestricted access to any suspect site, any place,
any time.


"All of the members of the Council agree that failure to do so will
result in the severest consequences for Iraq," Clinton said.


Following is the White House text:



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THE WHITE HOUSE



Office of the Press Secretary



March 2, 1998



STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL VOTE
ON IRAQ


Tonight's unanimous vote of the United Nations Security Council sends
the clearest possible message: Iraq must make good on its commitment
to give the international weapons inspectors immediate, unconditional,
and unrestricted access to any suspect site, any place, any time. All
of the members of the Council agree that failure to do so will result
in the severest consequences for Iraq.


In the days and weeks ahead, the inspectors will renew their mission
to find and destroy Iraq's chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons,
capacity and the missiles to deliver them. Iraq now has the
responsibility to turn the commitment it has made into full
compliance.


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