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U.S. Will Keep Pressure on Iraq

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2003 – The United States will continue to put pressure on Saddam Hussein, President Bush said today.

Bush, speaking to reporters following a meeting with economists at the White House, said the one thing that is sure is that Saddam "is not disarming." He accused the Iraqi dictator of playing "hide and seek" with U.N. weapons inspectors.

"It's important for the American citizens and the citizens around the world to understand that Saddam Hussein possesses some of the world's deadliest weapons. He poses a serious threat to America and our friends and allies," he said.

The president said all nations, including the French, who have vowed to block a new resolution in the United Nations, must come together and insist that Iraq disarm.

Bush said the Iraqi dictator is using tactics he used in the past. "It appears to be a rerun of a bad movie," the president said. "(Hussein) is delaying, he is deceiving, he's asking for time, he's playing hide-and-seek with inspectors. One thing is for certain: He's not disarming. And so the United States of America, in the name of peace, will continue to insist he does disarm and we will keep the pressure on Saddam Hussein."

The president reiterated that time is running out for Hussein. Bush said that in the interests of peace, Iraq must disarm or the United States would lead a coalition of the willing to disarm him.

Bush stated that Hussein wants to focus the attention of the world on U.N. weapons inspectors. "This is not about inspectors," Bush said. "This is about a disarmed Iraq."

The president said Hussein doesn't need more time to show the world he is serious about disarmament. "As I said, this looks like a rerun of a bad movie, and I'm not interested in watching it," he said.

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