President Bush has confirmed that the United States will submit a new resolution to the United Nations next week stating in "clear and simple terms" that Iraq is not complying with UN demands to disarm.
Mr. Bush made the announcement on Saturday at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he is hosting Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. Mr. Aznar is a strong supporter of Washington on the Iraq issue, but has pressed for a second resolution to be brought before the Security Council in the face of strong anti-war opposition in Spain.
The two leaders held a conference call with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to discuss the language of the new resolution.
President Bush said the new resolution will be the United Nations' last chance to show it is serious about disarming Iraq. He said all the world will be watching to see if the Security Council means what it says.
Meanwhile, UN weapons inspectors visited facilities near Baghdad on Saturday where Al-Samoud-two missiles and components are produced. On Friday, chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix informed the Iraqis in a letter that they must begin destruction of the weapons by March first, because their range exceeds limits allowed by the United Nations.
And in Tehran, the head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, said that UN weapons inspectors are still not receiving full cooperation from Iraqi authorities -- particularly in efforts to interview Iraqi scientists.