Iraqi Foreign Minister rejects UK disarmament tests

13 March 2003
Iraq on 13 March dismissed the UK proposal for six 'tests' of Iraqi co-operation as 'an aggressive plan for war'. 'It polishes up a resolution rejected by the vast majority of the Security Council,' said Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri. Referring to the demand that President Saddam Hussein declare on television that he has concealed weapons of mass destruction and will now give them up, Sabri accused London of personalising the issue. 'The UN does not deal with nations, it deals with states.' He refused even to discuss the UK suggestion. 'Britain and the US, in their attempts to personalise the issue and distract from the real intentions of their colonialist and Zionist plot against Arabs and Muslims, are trying to focus on individuals.'

The six UK demands are: a statement by Saddam Hussein admitting that he has concealed weapons of mass destruction, but will no longer produce or retain them; the delivery of at least 30 scientists for interview outside Iraq, with their families; the surrender of all anthrax, or credible evidence of its destruction; the destruction of all Al Samoud missiles; an account for all unmanned aerial vehicles, including details of any testing of spraying devices for chemical and biological weapons; the surrender of all mobile chemical and biological production facilities.

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