NPR's Tom Gjelten reports from the U-N that officials are still working out the exact details of how the renewed Iraqi arms inspections are to be carried out. While all Security Council members have expressed general support for the agreement that Secretary-General Kofi Annan brought back from Baghdad this week, the U-S and Britain remain skeptical, pending a review of the final details. Both Britain and the U-S would like to see the agreement followed by a new Security Council resolution threatening severe consequences for Iraq should the agreement once again be violated by Saddam Hussein, but it remains uncertain whether Russia and China would endorse such a step.

Copyright © 1998 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

Copyright © 1998 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.