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    We consider the shift in UK policy towards Iraq in early 2002, and the Government’s subsequent decision to take stronger action to enforce Iraqi disarmament, against that background.

    • 5.4

      MARCH – SEPTEMBER 2002

THE POLICY CONTEXT

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    We have described in the previous Section how the Government’s thinking developed in the period from 1998 to early-2002. President Bush’s ‘Axis of Evil’ speech of 29 January 2002, supplemented by reporting of comments made by a range of US interlocutors of emerging thinking within the US Administration, and coupled with the sense of a ‘creeping tide’ of proliferation described at the end of the previous Section, provided the background to inter-departmental advice to Ministers in early March 2002.

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    Officials restated the Government’s objectives towards Iraq: Within our objectives of preserving peace and stability in the Gulf and ensuring energy security,our current objectives towards Iraq are:

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      the reintegration of a law-abiding Iraq,which does not possess WMD or threaten its neighbours,into the international community. Implicitly, this cannot occur with Saddam in power; and

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      hence,as the least worst option,we have supported containment of Iraq,by constraining Saddam’s ability to re-arm or build up WMD and to threaten his neighbours.

Subsidiary objectives are:

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    Preserving the territorial integrity of Iraq;

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    improving the humanitarian situation of the Iraqi people;

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protecting the Kurds in northern Iraq;

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sustaining UK/US co-operation,including,if necessary,by moderating U policy; and

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maintaining the credibility and authority of the Security Council.

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    They set against those objectives an analysis of whether the policy of containment had worked, drawing heavily on JIC assessments, concluding that: Since 1991,the policy of containment has been partially successful:

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      Sanctions have effectively frozen Iraq’s nuclear programme;

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    Iraq has been prevented from rebuilding its chemical arsenal to pre-Gulf War

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    Ballistic missile programmes have been severely restricted;

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