1,017. 3/26/1997

In a speech on March 26, 1997, at Georgetown University, Secretary of State Madeline “Albright made clear that the United States would not support lifting sanctions before there was a new government in Baghdad: ‘We do not agree with the nations who argue that if Iraq complies with its obligations concerning weapons of mass destruction, sanctions should be lifted. Our view, which is unshakable, is that Iraq must prove its peaceful intentions.’ She then asked rhetorically, ‘Is it possible to conceive of such a government under Saddam Hussein?’ Her answer was, ‘And the evidence is overwhelming that Saddam Hussein’s intentions will never be peaceful.’ ”

 – Charles Duelfer, Hide and Seek, Page 164

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