08/06/1998 21:23:15 Clinton says Iraqi moves "unacceptable"
WASHINGTON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - President Bill Clinton on
Thursday called Iraq's refusal to cooperate with U.N. arms
inspectors "unacceptable" and said it only strengthens U.S.
resolve to keep sanctions in place.
"Unless Iraq reverses course and cooperates fully with
international weapons inspectors, the United States will stop
any and all efforts to alter the sanctions regime," Clinton
said in a statement issued by the White House.
"Iraq's latest refusal to cooperate with the international
weapons inspectors is unacceptable," Clinton said.
"Far from hastening the day the international community
lifts sanctions against Iraq, as Iraq intends, its failure to
live up to its obligations will perpetuate those sanctions and
keep the Iraqi economy under tight international control," he
Clinton's comments came following a meeting in New York of
the U.N. Security Council.
Iraq on Wednesday announced it would not cooperate with
U.N. arms inspectors, contending they have come under the
influence of the United States.