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Thursday 19 December 2002

"Iraq in material breach" says Secretary of State Colin Powell

Just a few moments ago I watched a live newscast of Colin Powell announcing the United States initial conclusions after studying the 12,200 page dossier supplied by Iraq in apparent compliance with UN SCR 1441. As expected (by me, anyway) the US has concluded that Iraq is in material breach of various of its obligations. This appears to confirm reports I heard earlier today that [even] Hans Blix, UN Chief Weapons Inspector, has reached a similar conclusion.

It is difficult to see that military action against the Iraqi regime, as currently constituted, can be long delayed...

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