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Press Statement (Revised)
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 1, 2001


UNSC Resolution 1352

The United States welcomes the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1352. There is broad international consensus on the need for a new approach to Iraq that takes into account the needs of the Iraqi people, together with the need to focus controls on the most dangerous threats posed by the Iraqi regime. With this vote, the UN Security Council has set a course to accomplish this, based on clear principles that the Iraqi people should benefit from expanded trade, that Iraq should not be able to acquire arms or other items for military purposes, and that all Iraq's export revenues should remain under UN control.

Following a brief period of review, the Security Council will vote on the specifics of a system that will achieve our parallel goals of helping the Iraqi people, while improving controls on the Iraqi regime. Members of the Security Council agree on this direction, but the implementation of a comprehensive new resolution is a complex process. Additional time is needed to work out the details of this new approach. Today's resolution provides for that.

Unfortunately, the Iraqi regime has long resisted changes that could help the Iraqi people and economy. The Iraqi regime's rhetoric and behavior throughout this process have shown that it has no interest in efforts to help the Iraqi people. Responsible members of the world community should now intensify their efforts, in the context of existing UN Security Council Resolutions, to construct and maintain an effective system of controls to aid the people of Iraq and prevent the Iraqi regime from acquiring dangerous items.

The U.S. will continue its work in this regard with the permanent and other members of the United Nations Security Council, and with Iraq's neighboring states. Our goal remains the implementation of a system of improved controls on the Iraqi regime, facilitating a broader flow of civilian goods to Iraq, while restricting the Iraqi regime's ambitions to rebuild its military capability and weapons of mass destruction and ensuring control of Iraq's export revenues.


Released on June 1, 2001

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