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John Negroponte Addresses Reporters at U.N.
Aired May 8, 2003 - 13:09 ET
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MILES O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: Let's go now to New York, the United Nations, Ambassador John Negroponte, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is addressing reporters.
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JOHN NEGROPONTE, U.S. AMB. TO U.N.: ... mountains of documents that have also come into our possession. These are going to require substantial effort. That's the focus of the effort at the moment. The coalition has taken over the process of inspecting in Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, and we don't see any role for the UNMOVIC for the foreseeable future.
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O'BRIEN: All right, unfortunately, my Spanish is not quite good enough to give you a simultaneous translation of John Negroponte, as he answers in Spanish to that question.
Tail end of it, though, you heard him talking about the U.S. position, which continues to be no U.N. inspectors in Iraq. The inspection being spearheaded by U.S. forces that are currently on the ground in Iraq, U.S. experts. At this juncture, the U.S. is not seeking to have the United Nations participating in this.
Of course, his talk and his discussion -- we'll get you some more of what he had to say in advance of a U.N. Security Council meeting. It is hoped by the Bush administration that the Security Council will see fit to lift U.N. sanctions aimed at Iraq, now that the Saddam Hussein regime is no longer a part of it.
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