Leading Article: Iraq Has Flaunted UN Demands for Years
Iraq has not complied with the United Nations resolution adopted last November.
The resolution ordered it to provide an 'accurate, full, and complete declaration of all aspects of its programmes to develop chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and other delivery systems.'
But Chief Weapons Inspector Hans Blix yesterday described the document presented by Iraq in response as 'mostly a reprint' of older documents which contained 'a lack of evidence and inconsistencies'.
Most of all, the UN resolution demands that Iraq complies with previous resolutions dating back to 1991 - and actually disarm.
But Dr Blix reported yesterday: 'Iraq appears not to have come to a genuine acceptance, not even today, of the disarmament which was demanded of it.'
He made the crucial point that the United Nations has not invited Iraq to take part in a game of hide and seek, or as he put it: 'Inspections are not a game of catch as catch can. …