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Iraq Will Not Accept Any New UN Resolutions - 2002-09-21


Iraq's state-run radio says the country will not accept any new United Nations Security Council resolutions that "runs counter" to what it has already agreed to.

The statement broadcast from Baghdad Saturday said Iraq will not abide by any resolution that differs from what the Iraqi regime previously agreed upon with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The statement was broadcast following a meeting of Iraqi officials led by President Saddam Hussein.

The United States and Britain have been pressing the U.N. Security Council for a tougher resolution concerning Iraq. U.N. weapons inspectors left Iraq in 1998, claiming Iraqi officials were impeding their work.

The new resolution would allow for unrestricted access to inspectors, along with a timetable for Iraq's compliance and the destruction of any stockpiled weapons.

France, China and Russia must agree to any new resolution and at least four of the 10 council members without the power of veto must also approve.

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