HL Deb 11 March 1998 vol 587 c64WA
Lord Jenkins of Putney

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In the light of the arguments set out in the International Herald Tribune on 17 February, whether they still consider that the USA has legal authority to attack Iraq.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)

The US position on legal justification for the use of force is a matter for them. Security Council Resolution 1154, unanimously adopted on 2 March, makes clear that if Iraq violates the agreement signed between the UN Secretary-General and Iraqi Deputy Minister, the severest consequences will follow.

Throughout the crisis with Iraq we pursued a policy of backing up our intensive diplomatic efforts with the threat of force if Saddam Hussein failed to comply. This was a key factor in focusing his mind on reaching an agreement with the UN.