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DATE=5/14/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232243
TITLE=IRAQ / SECURITY COUNCIL (L-O)
BYLINE=BARBARA SCHOETZAU
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  IN NEW YORK TODAY (THURSDAY), THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL 
ACKNOWLEDGED THE PROGRESS IRAQ HAS MADE IN DISMANTLING ITS 
NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM.  FROM THE UNITED NATIONS, CORRESPONDENT 
BARBARA SCHOETZAU REPORTS THE FORMAL RECOGNITION SIGNALS A 
WILLINGNESS ON THE PART OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER 
REDUCING U-N INSPECTIONS OF IRAQI WEAPONS.   

TEXT:  THE SECURITY COUNCIL ISSUED A STATEMENT WELCOMING THE 
IMPROVED ACCESS IRAQ HAS GIVEN THE U-N SPECIAL COMMISSION CHARGED
WITH INSPECTING IRAQ'S SUSPECTED WEAPONS SITES AND DESTROYING ITS
CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ARSENAL.

THE STATEMENT REFLECTS WEEKS OF NEGOTIATING BETWEEN RUSSIA AND 
THE UNITED STATES TO OUTLINE STEPS IRAQ CAN TAKE TO CUT BACK ON 
U-N SPOT INSPECTIONS AND MOVE IN THE DIRECTION OF LONG-TERM 
MONITORING -- PROVIDED THAT IRAQ SATISFACTORILY ANSWERS QUESTIONS
FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY. 

AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS BILL RICHARDSON SAYS 
THE UNITED STATES IS PLEASED WITH THE PROGRESS. BUT HE SAYS  
BAGHDAD MUST STILL COMPLY FULLY ON ALL DISARMAMENT QUESTIONS. 

                     //// RICHARDSON ACT ///

         WE ARE  NOT  MOVING TO MONITORING YET. WE ARE MOVING 
         TOWARDS VIGILANCE, DISARMAMENT, OVERSIGHT. IRAQ HAS TO 
         PROVIDE INFORMATION, HAS TO DO MORE IN THE CHEMICAL AND 
         BIOLOGICAL AREA.  ITS RECORD THERE IS VERY WEAK. THERE 
         IS SOME PROGRESS IN THE NUCLEAR FIELD. WE HAVE 
         ACKNOWLEDGED THAT, BUT WE ARE NOT CLOSING THE NUCLEAR 
         FILE. STILL MORE REVIEWS AND CONDITIONS HAVE TO BE MET 
         BY IRAQ. 

                         /// END ACT ///

THE STATEMENT NOTES THAT THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY 
WILL CONTINUE TO EXERCISE ITS RIGHT TO INVESTIGATE ANY ASPECT OF 
IRAQ'S CLANDESTINE NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND ASKS THE AGENCY TO SUBMIT 
A STATUS REPORT TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL BY THE END OF JULY.  

BAGHDAD HAS BEEN PRESSING THE UNITED NATIONS TO LIFT TRADE 
SANCTIONS IMPOSED AFTER IRAQ INVADED KUWAIT IN 1990. THE 
SANCTIONS CANNOT BE REMOVED UNTIL THE U-N SPECIAL COMMISSION 
CERTIFIES IRAQ HAS DISMANTLED ITS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. 
BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE HEAD OF THE U-N SPECIAL 
COMMISSION, THE SECURITY COUNCIL RECENTLY LIFTED TRAVEL 
RESTRICTIONS ON IRAQI OFFICIALS.    (SIGNED)

NY/UN/BJS/LSF/JO 

14-May-98 4:14 PM EDT (2014 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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