U.N. Urged to End Sanctions The United States will make a formal request to the U.N. Security Council to lift sanctions imposed on Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War. Meanwhile, the Bush administration announces an end to U.S. economic sanctions on Iraq, saying the regime the sanctions were directed at no longer exists. The move eases the process of rebuilding Iraq, including the restoring of the country's struggling oil industry. Hear NPR's Jackie Northam.