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DATE=4/28/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-230380
TITLE=UN / IRAQ REACT (L)
BYLINE=MAX RUSTON
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  IRAQ TODAY (TUESDAY) BLAMED THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN
FOR THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL'S DECISION MONDAY TO MAINTAIN 
SANCTIONS IMPOSED AFTER THE GULF WAR.  V-O-A CORRESPONDENT MAX 
RUSTON REPORTS FROM THE UNITED NATIONS.

TEXT:  IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER MOHAMMED AL-SAHAF ACCUSED THE 
UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN OF MANIPULATING THE SECURITY COUNCIL TO
ENSURE THE CONTINUATION OF SANCTIONS AGAINST HIS COUNTRY.  HE 
SAID IRAQ IS VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT SANCTIONS WILL CONTINUE AND 
REITERATED HIS GOVERNMENT'S DEMAND THAT THEY BE LIFTED 
IMMEDIATELY.

MR. AL-SAHAF RESPONDED WITH ANGER TO SUGGESTIONS THAT THE UNITED 
STATES HAD SOFTENED ITS TONE IN THE LATEST REVIEW OF SANCTIONS.  
ON MONDAY, U-S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS BILL RICHARDSON 
ACKNOWLEDGED, FOR THE FIRST TIME, SOME PROGRESS ON THE 
DISMANTLING OF IRAQ'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM.  BUT MR. RICHARDSON 
CONTINUED TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE IMMEDIATE LIFTING OF 
SANCTIONS.

MR. AL-SAHAF REJECTED SUGGESTIONS THAT MR. RICHARDSON'S STATEMENT
REPRESENT A STEP FORWARD.

                      /// AL-SAHAF ACT ///

         IT IS HYPOCRISY.  THEY ARE WORKING COMPLETELY AGAINST 
         ANY MOVE TOWARDS LIFTING SANCTIONS AND THEY ARE 
         DECEIVING THE PUBLIC OPINION WITH THIS HYPOCRISY.

                         /// END ACT ///

RESOLUTIONS APPROVED BY THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL REQUIRE THAT 
IRAQ VERIFY THAT IT  NO  LONGER HAS ANY WEAPONS OF MASS 
DESTRUCTION BEFORE SANCTIONS CAN BE LIFTED.  IRAQ CLAIMS IT HAS 
FULLY MET THAT REQUIREMENT.

BUT ON TUESDAY, CHIEF U-N WEAPONS INSPECTOR RICHARD BUTLER 
REJECTED THAT CLAIM, SAYING IRAQ HAS  NOT  HANDED OVER ALL THE 
INFORMATION NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE VERIFICATION PROCESS.

                       /// BUTLER ACT ///

         IRAQ HAS ALL OF THAT MATERIAL IN ITS ARCHIVES, IN ITS 
         RECORDS, AT ITS DISPOSAL.  IF THEY REALLY WANT THIS TO 
         BE OVER THEY SHOULD GIVE IT TO US.  THEY PROMISED IN THE
         MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY WOULD GIVE US FULL
         COOPERATION.  THAT IS ALL WE ASK.  OUR PROMISE IS THAT 
         WHEN THEY DO THAT THEY WILL FIND US COMPETENT, HONEST 
         AND QUICK.

                         /// END ACT ///

MR. BUTLER SAID COOPERATION HAS IMPROVED OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS,
SINCE U-N SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN VISITED BAGHDAD AND HELD 
TALKS WITH IRAQI PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN.  BUT HE SAID  HIS TEAM
IS CONTINUING TO FACE SERIOUS PROBLEMS CONVINCING IRAQ TO PROVIDE
INFORMATION CONCERNING ITS BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS PROGRAM.

LAST WEEK, IRAQI OFFICIALS WARNED THAT A NEW CRISIS COULD DEVELOP
IN THE GULF IF SANCTIONS ARE NOT LIFTED SOON.  BUT THE IRAQI 
FOREIGN MINISTER, SPEAKING IN NEW YORK, INDICATED NO RETALIATION 
IS PLANNED.  HE SAID IRAQ WOULD CONTINUE TRYING TO WORK WITH THE 
SECURITY COUNCIL TO HAVE THE SANCTIONS LIFTED.  (SIGNED)

NEB/UN/MPR/LSF

28-Apr-98 2:14 PM EDT (1814 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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