FOREIGN AFFAIRS – IRAQ – 13 February 2003

Dr Julian Lewis: How realistic is it to maintain that Saddam Hussein can be permanently disarmed of his weapons of mass destruction without the removal of his regime?

[Jack Straw: We are following through resolution 1441, which lays out a peaceful pathway for Saddam's regime. I have dealt with the fact that, whether we like it or not, it would still remain in place under the resolution, albeit in very different circumstances. Of course, if that happened, we would need to maintain a continuous presence, with some kind of inspection to ensure continued compliance. However, the fact that we would be willing to accept that is further evidence that we are straining every sinew to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.]