National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice says she is "very skeptical" that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will comply with the new U-N resolution on disarmament.
On the U-S television show "Fox News Sunday," Ms Rice said the next breach by President Saddam must have "serious consequences. " She said Iraq does not have the right to accept or reject the resolution, and that it must comply.
Ms. Rice and other U-S officials interviewed today (Sunday) said the United States does not require further U-N approval for the use of force -- if Iraq fails to comply with the new Security Council resolution.
Secretary of State Colin Powell told C-B-S that the United States reserves the right to take action if the Security Council fails to act in the face of Iraqi intransigence.
Mr. Powell would not confirm today's (Sunday's) reports in U-S newspapers that President Bush has settled on a war plan against Iraq if military action is necessary. But Secretary Powell said he is sure a contingency plan the Pentagon is working on will "do the job."
In London, British Defense Secretary Geoffrey Hoon told Sky News that Britain is preparing for possible military action against Iraq, and that the United States and Britain have to show Saddam Hussein they are serious.