As the UN looks for evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, President Bush is sending Congress a new strategy for combating such weapons. It said if biological or chemical weapons are used against the U.S., America can respond with nuclear weapons.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is criticizing the Security Council for its handling of Iraq's weapons declaration. He told the BBC that the decision to withhold complete copies of the declaration from non-permanent council members was "unfortunate." Iraq is accusing the U.S. of extortion for taking the only copy of its arms declaration to the UN Security Council.
Norway's foreign minister said some of the countries on the UN Security Council are being treated like "B-nations." The 10 non-permanent members are to get an edited copy of the Iraqi declaration -- with sensitive material censored. Norway said the entire council should get unedited copies.
United Nations weapons inspectors have returned to a large complex where officials said Iraq once worked on a nuclear bomb. Small teams have also been sent out across the Iraqi countryside Wednesday, while another crew is spending a second day in the western desert inspecting a remote uranium mining site.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is visiting the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. He's scheduled to observe the simulated war games that could be a rehearsal for any war in Iraq.
Iraq filed its report by the Dec. 8 deadline to provide weapons inspectors and the Security Council with a complete declaration of all aspects of its chemical, biological and nuclear programs.
Weapons inspectors resumed inspections Nov. 27, and are to report to the Security Council 60 days after the start of their work. But they are to immediately report any Iraqi interference with their work, any failure by Iraq to comply with disarmament obligations, and any false statements or omissions in its declaration.
Upon receipt of such a report from inspectors, the Security Council will immediately convene to consider the situation and the need for full compliance in order to restore international peace and security.
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