Written Answers. - Action Against Iraq.

Joe Higgins

Question:

52 Mr. Higgins (Dublin West) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if the President of the United States of America or anybody acting on his behalf sought his support for military action against Iraq; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4806/98]

The United States, through diplomatic channels, expressed its concern to Ireland, as well as to our EU partners, about Iraq's non-compliance with UN Security Council resolutions relating to the inspection of facilities in Iraq which might be used to develop or stockpile weapons of mass destruction. In addition, it conveyed to us it interpretation of the implications of failure by Iraq to comply with these resolutions.

The United States also explained to us its interpretation of the scope of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
At no time has either the President of the United States, or anybody acting on his behalf, sought our support for military action against Iraq.