CNN AMERICAN MORNING WITH PAULA ZAHN
Bush Administration Pushing Two Resolutions on Iraq
Aired September 30, 2002 - 09:30 ET
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BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: The Bush administration pushing two resolutions on Iraq, one in the U.N. one in Congress. And Iraq issues more threats this past weekend, promising that America would suffer heavy losses in what it called a fierce war if it were attacked.
Jane Arraf on the ground once again from the Iraqi capital and joins us live on what she is hearing and seeing today.
JANE ARRAF, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Bill.
Well, it's kind of a two-track strategy here in Iraq. On the one hand, they're making clear that they really do want these talks going on in Vienna and the U.N. to work, and they want the inspectors to come back, and they say vindicate them.
On the other hand, they're also making clear as you pointed out, if it doesn't work, and it falls apart, the United States should think twice before entering another war. Iraqi officials here indicating they really do want to work out those details to make sure that any clashes that are going to happen at the bargaining table, and not in marking lot standoffs here in Baghdad.
But at the same time, there are some unspoken rules that they seem to be insisting on. A parliamentary official just a few hours ago said that Iraq would insist on any new resolutions and any weapons inspections accepting Iraq's sovereignty and security.
Now that's been part of the stumbling block in the past. Those are two very big concepts, very big items. And if there are troubles, that's where they will take place, on the edges of Iraq's sovereignty -- Bill.
HEMMER: Jane Arraf in Baghdad. Thanks, Jane. We will talk again, many times, I'm certain, before the week is out.
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