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Introduced in House (08/06/1998)

[Congressional Bills 105th Congress]
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[H. Res. 519 Introduced in House (IH)]

  2d Session
H. RES. 519

      Concerning Iraqi development of weapons of mass destruction.



                             August 6, 1998

 Mr. Pappas (for himself, Mr. McIntosh, and Mr. Graham) submitted the 
     following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on 
                        International Relations



      Concerning Iraqi development of weapons of mass destruction.

Whereas the development of weapons of mass destruction by rogue states is one of 
        the greatest threats to world peace and stability;
Whereas Iraq has attacked 4 sovereign nations in blatant violation of 
        international law;
Whereas Iraq has developed and used chemical weapons and ballistic missiles;
Whereas the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions against Iraq and 
        authorized teams of international inspectors to supervise the 
        destruction of Iraqi weapons and the dismantling of Iraqi weapons of 
        mass destruction programs;
Whereas 7 years after Iraq agreed to Security Council demands to dismantle its 
        nuclear weapons program, these inspectors continue to suspect Iraq still 
        is hiding its nuclear weapons capabilities;
Whereas the government of Iraq has repeatedly tried to hinder the work of these 
        inspection teams and is refusing to provide information about key 
        aspects of its nuclear program;
Whereas the Security Council has extended the sanctions regimes based on 
        evidence of Iraqi noncompliance collected by these inspectors;
Whereas without these inspections, there is little doubt that Iraq would 
        continue these weapons programs unabated;
Whereas the Security Council will meet in October to consider reauthorizing all 
        United Nations inspections in Iraq;
Whereas several nations, including France, Russia, and China, are eager to end 
        the sanctions on Iraq; and
Whereas proposals to relax the current international inspections regime would 
        allow Iraq to move forward on these weapon programs, posing devastating 
        consequences for international security: Now, therefore, be it
    Section 1. It is the sense of the House of Representatives that--
            (1) the international agencies charged with inspections in 
        Iraq--the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the 
        United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM)--must continue to 
        maintain complete inspections, including surprise inspections, 
        within Iraq; and
            (2) the United States Representative to the United Nations 
        should vehemently oppose any efforts to weaken the inspections 
        regimes on Iraq as long as there is evidence that the 
        government of Iraq is seeking to develop or acquire weapons of 
        mass destruction and the means of delivering them.
    Sec. 2. The Clerk of the House of Representatives is directed to 
provide a copy of this resolution to representatives of all countries 
that are members of the United Nations Security Council.