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Bush 'Sick and Tired of Games and Deceptions' by Saddam

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2003 – President Bush said Jan. 14 he is "sick and tired of games and deceptions" on the part of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The president said he has seen no evidence that Hussein is disarming as required by U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441. "Time is running out on Saddam Hussein," he added.

Bush noted the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously for the resolution. "We said we expect Saddam Hussein, for the sake of peace, to disarm," he said. "That's the question. Is Saddam Hussein disarming? He's been given 11 years to disarm."

The president's remarks came before a White House meeting with Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski. The two discussed their countries' cooperation in the war on terrorism.

Bush said Poland and the United States are working together to share information about threats and to cut off the money supply to terrorist networks.

He also mentioned he is "absolutely convinced" the issue of North Korea's nuclear plans will be solved without military conflict. Bush said that before the North Korean government announced its decision to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, he had asked Secretary of State Colin Powell to approach them with a "bold initiative" concerning energy and food aid.

"We care deeply about the suffering of the North Korean people," Bush said, adding the United States expects North Korea not to develop nuclear weapons.

If they choose to proceed with their nuclear aims, he said, "then I will consider whether or not we will start this bold initiative that I've talked to Secretary Powell about."

America won't be "blackmailed," Bush said. "And what this nation will do is use this as an opportunity to bring the Chinese and the Russians and the South Koreans and the Japanese to the table to solve this problem peacefully."

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