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DATE=1/6/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-243862 TITLE=IRAQ / U-S REACT (L) BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=STATE DEPARTMENT CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE UNITED STATES HAS DENIED NEWS REPORTS THAT U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS PROVIDED THE U-S WITH INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION TO HELP UNDERMINE THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT. FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT, V-O-A'S KYLE KING REPORTS. TEXT: STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN JAMES RUBIN SAYS IT IS NO SECRET THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS PROVIDED U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS WITH INTELLIGENCE AND LOGISTICAL HELP. HE SAYS U-S SUPPORT WAS GIVEN AT THE DIRECT REQUEST OF UNSCOM FOR THE PURPOSE OF HELPING TO FIND AND DESTROY IRAQ'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. /// FIRST RUBIN ACT /// IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT AT NO TIME DID THE U-S WORK WITH ANYONE AT UNSCOM TO COLLECT INFORMATION WITH THE PURPOSE OF UNDERMINING THE IRAQI REGIME. /// END ACT /// THE HEAD OF THE U-N WEAPONS INSPECTION PROGRAM, RICHARD BUTLER, HAS ALSO DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS, WHICH FIRST APPEARED (WEDNESDAY) IN THE WASHINGTON POST AND BOSTON GLOBE NEWSPAPERS. // OPT // STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SAY SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT TELEPHONED U-N SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN EARLY IN THE DAY AFTER READING THE NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS. OFFICIALS SAY MR. ANNAN MADE CLEAR HE SUPPORTED THE WORK OF THE U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS AND THE HEAD OF THE INSPECTION TEAM. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE U-N CHIEF SAID MR. ANNAN HAD NO EVIDENCE TO BACK UP NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS THAT ARMS INSPECTORS HELPED U-S INTELLIGENCE LISTEN IN ON SECRET IRAQI COMMUNICATIONS. // END OPT // STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN JAMES RUBIN CALLED THE REPORTS "MISCHIEF MAKING," AIMED AT DEFLECTING ATTENTION FROM IRAQ'S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH U-N RESOLUTIONS. /// SECOND RUBIN ACT /// THE PEOPLE WHO WERE PURPORTING TO SPEAK FOR THE SECRETARY GENERAL, AND ARE ATTRIBUTED AS SUCH, MUST BE EITHER INCREDIBLY IGNORANT ABOUT THE WORKINGS OF UNSCOM, OR BE MIS-GUIDEDLY SYMPATHETIC TO THE POSITION OF SADDAM HUSSEIN. /// END ACT /// MR. RUBIN ACKNOWLEDGED THE ASSISTANCE THE UNITED STATES HAS PROVIDED TO UNSCOM HAS LED TO WHAT HE CALLED SOME INTELLIGENCE SHARING. HOWEVER, HE SAID ANY ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY THE UNITED STATES WAS SPECIFICALLY TAILORED TO HELP UNSCOM WITH ITS MISSION. AND HE AGAIN SAID THERE WOULD BE NO LIFTING OF SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAQ UNTIL THERE HAD BEEN AN ACCOUNTING OF ALL WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. (SIGNED) NEB/KBK/WDC/WTW 06-Jan-99 4:25 PM EST (2125 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .