U.S. Threatens Iraq

(November 20, 2001)

The U.S. continues to threaten Iraq as a potential target for the war against terrorism.

On November 8 in a press conference in Kuwait, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell declared: "We will turn our attention to terrorism throughout the world, and nations such as Iraq, which have tried to pursue weapons of mass destruction, should not think that... we will not turn our attention to them."

These remarks followed an interview by U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld at which he declared that the U.S. cannot rule out military action against Iraq in the war on terrorism. He said that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was a threat to other countries including the U.S. and that many people wished he were not there, adding: "And certainly, I'm one of them."

On Thursday November 15, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz said the country was on guard against any possible attack by the United States as part of its "war against terrorism."