RSS FeedFacebookSearch
Gary Younge
Saddam: I won't destroy missiles

In an exclusive interview with the CBS news anchor, Dan Rather, to be screened in the US tomorrow night, the Iraqi leader denied that the Samouds violated UN mandates and said he would not destroy them.

No transcripts of the first interview that President Saddam has conducted with a foreign journalist for 12 years were available last night. But Mr Rather said: "Saddam indicated he does not intend to destroy the missiles or pledge to destroy them as demanded by Blix."

President Saddam's challenge to a live, televised debate on the crisis with Mr Bush was dismissed out of hand by the White House spokesman, Ari Fleischer.

"This is not a serious issue. There is no debating his need to disarm," he said.

The order to destroy the Samoud missiles is emerging as a test of how serious the Iraqi regime is about disarmament. The order was issued after experts decided that the missile flew farther than the 150km (93 mile) limit set down by the UN in 1991.

© Gary Younge. All Rights reserved, site built with tlc
 follow on twitter
@Claire_Trini So basically after a week of looking for them they’ve come to find me!
"Home is wherever [Younge] finds kindred spirits; he’s discovered members of his “tribe” everywhere." An very gener… https://t.co/6xkOv8kLaz
RT @NesrineMalik: Sure, things are bad for Muslims, but have you considered the implications of defining Islamophobia on those writing abou…
RT @AnnaGordonPics: @garyyounge We are a group of female press photographers who are unhappy with a recent exhibition put on by the Britis…
RT @mtholyoke: “You only get one life. However short it is, it is enough to make a difference and make sure you leave the planet in a bette…
RT @heyjudeTT: A few words @Newsday_TT about @garyyounge & his last book from when he was here for @bocaslitfest. Excellent book, lovely b…
RT @AbiWilks: @garyyounge He’s asking you to think through the consistency of your political moral, & the issues you do/don’t care about, i…
"The most authentic slogan [Boris Johnson] could run under would be: “Not a serious person for not a serious countr… https://t.co/vSX6R1qcMH
Change UK was always doomed to failure, and Joan Ryan just showed why | Owen Jones https://t.co/FMatzkk4gF
© Gary Younge. All Rights reserved, site built with tlc