Hossam Mohammed Amin, head of the Iraqi National Monitoring Directorate, said on 3 December that the declaration would be delivered on time, but UN diplomats are reported as saying they expect the US will nevertheless declare Iraq in material breach of its obligations.

This conflicts with the UN reaction to the monitoring process launched at the end of November. UN secretary general Kofi Annan said in New York on 3 December that Iraq’s co-operation has been good. ‘There is a good indication that the Iraqis are co-operating but this is only the beginning,’ he is quoted as saying by the Financial Times.