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latest on 'smart' sanctions proposal


WASHINGTON, Oct 24, 2001 (United Press International via 
COMTEX) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell told reporters 
Wednesday the United States was still trying to reform United 
Nations sanctions against Iraq, despite the fact the Bush 
administration is keeping a close eye on Baghdad with regard to 
the new war on terrorism.

"We keep a close eye on Iraq," Powell said before meeting with 
British Foreign Minister Jack Straw. We will continue to work on 
modifying the sanctions regime so we keep the Iraqi regime 
bottled up with respect to the development of weapons of mass 

The United Nations ended up extending for five months on June 
30 the current sanctions regime on Iraq, which restricts Saddam 
Hussein from spending his oil proceeds on anything except 
food, medicine and some infrastructure improvements.

The June 30 vote from the Security Council represented a 
significant defeat for Powell who had pushed for a looser 
program with regard to allowing civilian goods into the country 
while strengthening controls on smuggling to and from Iraq.

At the time, Russia would not agree to the new sanctions, 
objecting to the new proposal's list of restricted goods allowed 
into the country. At the same time, the sanctions proposal came 
under attack from many of Iraq's Arab neighbors under 
economic threats from Saddam to cut off oil supply routes with 
those countries, not captured under the current sanctions 

More hawkish elements in the Bush administration also 
resisted the plan, particularly the Defense Department that has 
advocated a more aggressive policy in toppling Saddam's 
regime altogether.

Despite previous sparring, Powell said Wednesday, "the entire 
national community is united around" his sanctions plan.

The United Nations General Assembly will open on Nov. 10 in 
New York after that body postponed the meeting in light of the 
September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. One State 
Department official told UPI that Powell will make a push for the 
new sanctions when he attends the U.N. session next month.

Powell met with his Russian and Chinese counterparts in 
Shanghai last week during the Asian Pacific Economic 
Cooperation forum. State Department spokesman Richard 
Boucher Tuesday said at a press conference Tuesday, "We have 
discussed this with the Russians, we will keep discussing it 
with the Russians. We have had expert talks. We have had 
some more contacts."

A State Department official told UPI Wednesday that U.S. 
negotiators had agreed to "consider some Russian ideas" with 
regards to the goods review list, which Moscow has sought to 
narrow. One source familiar with these "ideas" said Russian 
diplomats have objected to the inclusion of hydro-acoustic 
equipment and fiber optics being placed on the list. In February, 
U.S. fighters bombed a fiber-optics air defense network near 
Baghdad built by the Chinese Huawei Corporation.

It appears unlikely U.S. diplomats will agree to further winnow 
the goods review list, however some observers say U.S. 
diplomats would be open to reviewing to removing specific 
references to a 1996 arms export control regime known as the 
Wassenaar Arrangement in the U.N. list of restricted items to 
Iraq. Wassenaar imposes restraints on both arms technology 
and dual use items that may have civilian use.

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