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Resolution's passage would require swift response from Iraq

Iraq has seven days after the resolution passes to notify the United Nations that it intends to "comply fully." Within 30 days of passage, it must submit a "currently accurate, full and complete" report on its chemical, biological, nuclear and other weapons systems, such as ballistic missiles and unarmed aerial vehicles. Inspections would begin within 45 days of passage. Inspectors then would have 60 days before they must submit an initial report on their findings to the U.N. Security Council.

The International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission will select the inspection teams. They will have complete access to underground areas, weapons, equipment and facilities in Iraq, including Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces. Iraq must provide the names of scientists involved in its weapons programs. The inspectors have the right to interview the Iraqi scientists and their families without the presence of Iraqi government observers, and even outside Iraq.

If the inspection teams report Iraqi noncompliance, the Security Council will "convene immediately" to consider what to do. The resolution recalls that the council has warned Iraq "that it will face serious consequences" as a result of continued violations.


(Knight Ridder Newspapers researcher Tish Wells compiled this report.)


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