- Iraq Suspends UNSCOM Monitoring Iraq News 31 October 1998 -- Yesterday, the UNSC reached agreement on a reply to Iraq's demand
for a comprehensive review. Today, the RCC and Ba'th party leadership
met and announced the suspension of UNSCOM monitoring.
- STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT 31 October 1998 --
Today I am signing into law H.R. 4655, the "Iraq Liberation Act of
1998." This Act makes clear that it is the sense of the Congress that
the United States should support those elements of the Iraqi opposition
that advocate a very different future for Iraq.
- U-N/IRAQ INSPECTIONS UPDATE Voice of America 31 October 1998 -- THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL HAS DENOUNCED IRAQ FOR
ITS DECISION TO HALT COOPERATION WITH THE U-N WEAPONS INSPECTION
- U-N / IRAQ DISARMAMENT Voice of America 30 October 1998 -- THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL HAS MOVED FORWARD
WITH MEASURES FRIDAY AIMED AT ENDING THE DEADLOCK WITH
IRAQ OVER WEAPONS INSPECTIONS.
- Interview of Defector (Abbas al Janabi) with Al Hayat Iraq News 29 October 1998 -- Uday believed Saddam made
three mistakes during the Gulf war: 1) releasing the Western hostages;
2) allowing allied troops to mass in Saudi Arabia, rather than attacking
them; 3) not capturing the Saudi oil fields, including oil
installations, when Iraq invaded Kuwait, so it could hold them hostage
by threatening to blow them up, if the US attacked.
- The VX Report Iraq News 28 October 1998
On Oct 26, UNSCOM presented the results of the expert meeting held to evaluate the results of the US, French and Swiss testing for VX on remnants of Iraq's "special" warheads.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , OCTOBER 27, 1998 -- According to the report UNSCOM delivered to the UN Security Council after discussion in New York by 21 experts from seven countries on the results of tests of Iraqi missile fragments, all tests in all countries are conclusive and valid. The tests prove the existence of degradation products of the following: VX; VX stabilizer; a nerve agent of either the G or V series of chemical weapons; and an undeclared decontaminant which is most effective against chemical weapons. The experts unanimously concluded that the existence of VX degradation products conflicts with Iraq's declaration. It is time for Iraq to provide a full and accurate account of
their weapons of mass destruction -- particularly the deadly nerve agent, VX.
- UNSCOM, Iraq Liberation Act Iraq News 26 October 1998 -- Given the ongoing deterioration of the UNSCOM regime in Iraq, three of
the nine members of the Rumsfeld Commission on the Ballistic Missile
Threat to the United States have modified earlier findings and concluded
that Iraq was capable of developing an ICBM that could reach the US
within five years.
- IRAQ/ VX Voice of America 26 October 1998 --
A NEW REPORT BY UNITED NATIONS CHEMICAL WEAPONS EXPERTS HAS CONFIRMED EARLIER FINDINGS THAT IRAQ FILLED ITS MISSILE WARHEADS WITH THE LETHAL NERVE GAS, KNOWN AS V-X.
- U-N / IRAQ / NERVE GAS Voice of America 22 October 1998 -- TECHNICAL EXPERTS FROM MORE THAN SEVEN NATIONS MET AT THE
UNITED NATIONS TO DISCUSS TESTS DESIGNED TO SHOW WHETHER IRAQ PLACED V-X NERVE GAS ON WEAPONS BEFORE THE GULF WAR.
- DoD News Briefing , October 20, 1998 -- Kofi Annan saying, and I quote, he "believes Iraq will never be fully disarmed and that U.N. weapons teams may have to avoid confrontational inspections in order to regain Baghdad's cooperation and determine the scope of Iraq's current arsenal." Is that a retreat? It sounds like a retreat.
- DEBATE OVER THE IRAQ LIBERATION ACT Iraq News 20 October 1998 -- The Iraq Liberation Act was promoted in Congress by retired four-star Army Gen. Wayne A. Downing, commander of special operations during the Gulf war, and Duane R. Claridge, a former senior CIA official, familiar with US support for popular insurgencies. It was also supported by Paul Wolfowitz, Undersec Def during the Bush
administration; Richard Perle, Asst Sec Def during the Reagan administration; and R. James Woolsey, former CIA director during the first Clinton administration.
- Richard Perle, and Others, On Iraq Iraq News 19 October 1998 -- Richard Perle focused on Iraq, sharply criticizing the CIA's Near East Division. Perle said, "The most important . . . is the belief that the only way to eliminate Saddam Hussein's governance is by organizing a coup d'etat against him. . . . [But] Saddam is a lot better at resisting coups than we are at perpetrating them. So much
better that every effort has failed, in many cases with significant losses of life."
- The UNSC and Iraq's Proscribed Weapons Iraq News 16 October 1998 -- On Oct 6 UNSCOM and the IAEA presented their semi-annual reports to
the UNSC, which discussed the reports Oct 13. As usual, the UNSCOM report was a series of horrors. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Tuesday that Iraq's nuclear file could be shifted from intrusive inspections to long-term monitoring once Baghdad cooperates with UN arms experts again. The Nuclear Control Institute described the IAEA report as "schizophrenic."
- Iraq's Response to Aziz/Sahhaf talks in NYC Iraq News 15 October 1998 -- On Oct 13, as reported by INA, the RCC and Ba'th Party Command held a joint meeting, in which they discussed the results of the Aziz/Sahhaf
talks with the UNSG and with permanent and non-permanent members of the
- UNSCOM, the US, and Iraq's Proscribed Weapons Iraq News 13 October 1998 -- Earlier this year, the US threatened to go to war to force the Iraqi leader to grant United Nations weapons inspectors access to suspected
weapons sites. But Washington has all but abandoned that effort, which couldn't be sustained politically. Now the top priority is ensuring that international economic sanctions remain in place for as long as Saddam Hussein is in power.
- UNSC CALLS ON IRAQ TO RESUME COOPERATION WITH WEAPONS INSPECTORS By Judy Aita USIA 13 October 1998 -- Noting that work was near completion on its chemical and nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs before Iraq ended cooperation with the United Nations, the Security Council October 13 urged Baghdad to resume cooperation with UN weapons inspectors.
- U-N / IRAQ WEAPONS Voice of America 13 October 1998 -- THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL URGED IRAQ TO RESUME COOPERATION WITH U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS, SAYING IRAQ IS NEAR COMPLETION OF SOME AREAS OF THE INSPECTION PROCESS.
- Secretary of Defense Cohen and Qatari Foreign Minister, Joint Press Conference DoD News Briefing October 10, 1998 -- Hamad: We are opposed in general to attacks on Iraq, and we also ask Iraq to adhere to United Nations resolutions. We in Qatar always call for calm in the region. It was with this mindset that I went to Baghdad in January. The current situation, I think, does not require much concern but rather more effort to convince all parties to fulfill commitments to what has been agreed upon between the United Nations and Iraq.
- Senate Unanimously Passes Iraq Liberation Act Iraq News 09 October 1998 -- On Oct 5, the House passed the "Iraq Liberation Act of 1998" by an
overwhelming majority and the Senate passed it unanimously Oct 7.
- CONGRESS IRAQ Voice of America 08 October 1998 -- THE U-S CONGRESS HAS VOTED TO SPEND NEARLY 100-MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP THE IRAQI OPPOSITION TRY TO BRING DOWN PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN.
- SECRETARY-GENERAL AND DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ AGREE TO CONTINUE PROCESS OF DIALOGUE
Press Release SG/SM/6735 IK/253 7 October 1998 -- The Secretary-General met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq to follow up the discussions that have taken place over the last 10 days amongst the Iraqi delegation, the President and members of the Security Council, and the Secretary-General.
- UNSCOM CONCERNED ABOUT MONITORING OF IRAQI WEAPONS SITES By Judy Aita USIA 07 October 1998 -- The Special Commission overseeing the destruction of Iraqi weapons (UNSCOM) reported to the Security Council October 6 that it is close to having a complete accounting of Iraq's ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs, but warned that its monitoring
of Baghdad's weapons programs is being carried out "only at a less than satisfactory level."
- US SAYS IRAQ HAS 'NO CREDIBILITY' ON WEAPONS INSPECTIONS By Judy Aita USIA 07 October 1998 -- Baghdad has "no credibility" in dealing with the UN Special Commission overseeing the destruction of Iraqi weapons (UNSCOM), US Ambassador Peter Burleigh said October 7.
- U-N - IRAQ / PROGRESS Voice of America 07 October 1998 -- IRAQ TODAY (WEDNESDAY) INDICATED IT IS NEARING AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED NATIONS IN THE RESUMPTION OF COOPERATION WITH THE U-N WEAPONS INSPECTION COMMISSION, UNSCOM.
- ANNAN OUTLINES COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF IRAQI ACTIONS By Judy Aita USIA 06 October 1998 -- Secretary General Kofi Annan October 5 presented to the Security Council "a possible concept" for a comprehensive review of Iraq's compliance with the Gulf War cease-fire demands.
- U-N / IRAQ / NEGOTIATIONS Voice of America 06 October 1998 -- NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN IRAQ AND THE UNITED NATIONS, AIMED AT BREAKING A DEADLOCK OVER U-N INSPECTION OF IRAQI WEAPONS SITES, CONTINUED TODAY (TUESDAY) IN NEW YORK.
- IRAQ / SANCTIONS / HALLIDAY Voice of America 06 October 1998 -- THE OUTGOING U-N HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR IRAQ SAYS U-N ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST THAT COUNTRY ARE TRAGICALLY INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE U-N CHARTER.
- Congress, the Administration, and the Iraqi Opposition Iraq News 05 October 1998 -- NYT EDITORIAL, "A DANGEROUS POKER GAME WITH IRAQ," OCT 4
STATE LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS, TO REP BEN GILMAN, OCT 2
SAAD RASHID, THE CIA AND THE INA, IRAQ NET POSTING, OCT 3
L. MYLROIE , "IRAQ'S REAL COUP," WASH POST, JUN 28, 1992
- IRAQ/U-N Voice of America 02 October 1998 -- THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAQ IS DEMANDING AN INVESTIGATION INTO REPORTS THAT U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS WORKED WITH U-S AND ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES IN ITS PROGRAM TO DISMANTLE IRAQ'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
- U-N / IRAQ Voice of America 02 October 1998 -- IRAQI DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER TARIQ AZIZ HELD ANOTHER ROUND OF TALKS WITH U-N SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN, BUT THERE ARE NO INDICATIONS OF A BREAKTHROUGH IN THEIR DISPUTE OVER WEAPONS INSPECTIONS IN IRAQ.
- U-N / IRAQ CRISIS Voice of America 01 October 1998 -- UNITED NATIONS OFFICIALS SAY PROGRESS IS BEING MADE IN TALKS WITH IRAQI OFFICIALS AIMED AT ENDING THE DEADLOCK OVER U-N WEAPONS INSPECTIONS.
- UN, IRAQ TALKS ON COMPLIANCE CONTINUE By Judy Aita USIA 01 October 1998 -- As important diplomatic efforts are under way between the United Nations and Iraq on weapons inspections, the head of the Special Commission overseeing the destruction of Iraqi weapons (UNSCOM) publicly criticized a former UN weapons inspector for divulging sensitive information about the commission's sources.
- DoD News Briefing , October 1, 1998 Q: Ken, your response to the Washington Post article picked up by USA Today about Mr. Ritter and others saying that the Iraqis have at least three implosion type devices that could then be used for fission type nuclear weapons?
- A WAY TO OUST SADDAM Iraq News 01 October 1998 -- B. GILMAN INTRODUCES BILL TO SUPPORT OPPOSITION TO SADDAM, SEPT 29 ROBERT KAGAN, "A WAY TO OUST SADDAM," WEEKLY STANDARD, SEPT 28 IRAQI WORK TOWARD A-BOMB, WASH POST, SEPT 30 ISRAELI TIPS AIDED UNSCOM, WASH POST, SEPT 29 SCOTT RITTER INTERVIEW, HAARETZ, SEPT 29 OUTGOING AID CO-ORDINATOR BLASTS SANCTIONS, BBC, SEPT 30
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