1. US Secretary of State Colin Powell entering presser
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"The Iraqi declaration may use the language of Resolution 1441 but it totally fails to meet the resolutions requirements."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"Most brazenly of all the Iraqi declaration denies the existence of any prohibited weapons programmes at all. The United States, the United Nations and the world waited for this declaration from Iraq, but Iraq's response is a catalogue of recycled information and flagrant omissions. It should be obvious that the pattern of systematic holes and gaps in Iraq's declaration is not the result of accidents or editing oversights or technical mistakes, these are material omissions that in our view constitute another material breach. We are disappointed but we are not deceived. This declaration is consistent with the Iraqi regime's past practices. We have seen this game again and again. An attempt to sow confusion, buy time, hoping the world will lose interest. This time the game is not working, this time the international community is concentrating its attention and concentrating its resolve as the true nature of the Iraqi regime is revealed again."
5. Cutaway, pull out from reporter's laptop computer screen to wide of presser
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"The burden remains on Iraq, not on the United Nations, not on the United States, the burden remains on Iraq to cooperate fully and for Iraq to prove to the international community whether it does or does not have weapons of mass destruction. We are convinced they do until they prove to us otherwise. Resolution 1441 calls for serious consequences for Iraq if it does not comply with the terms of the resolution. Iraq's non-compliance and defiance of the international community has brought it closer to the day when it will have to face these consequences. The world is still waiting for Iraq to comply with its obligations. The world will not wait forever."
7. Cutaway, reporters
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"It is still up to Iraq to determine how its disarmament will happen. Unfortunately this declaration fails totally to move us in the direction of a peaceful resolution."
United States Secretary of State Colin Powell declared on Thursday that Baghdad was in material breach of a UN disarmament resolution in a finding that could set the United States on a course towards possible war with Iraq early next year.
Powell told a news conference at the State Department that Baghdad's arms declaration totally failed to meet a UN Security Council resolution calling for an accurate, full and complete inventory of weapons.
He called Iraq's 12,000 page declaration a catalogue of recycled information and flagrant omissions.
Delivering the Bush administration's formal response to Baghdad's arms declaration, Powell said "this is a new material breach" on the part of Baghdad, following many violations over the past decade.
Although Powell suggested that the US rejection of Iraq's declaration was not an immediate trigger for war, he warned: "The world will not wait forever."
The UN Security Council, in its unanimous November 8 resolution, ordered Iraq to come up with a "currently accurate, full and complete" inventory of its arms programs.
Powell said Baghdad's report did not even cover information that UN inspectors had gleaned before they were forced to leave in late 1998.
For instance, he said inspectors had then concluded that Iraq could have produced 26,000 litres of anthrax - three times what Iraq had declared - and Baghdad was silent on those missing supplies.
Powell added that the US was disappointed, but not deceived.
He said Iraq was continuing its old game of attempting to sow confusion to buy time and hoping the world would lose interest.
US President George Bush plans to address the matter publicly on Friday.