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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Saddam Hussein's decision to accept the terms of the latest U.N. Security Council resolution was the right decision for peace, but Saddam's actions will speak much louder than his words.

"During the Cold War when Ronald Reagan was dealing with our then Russian adversaries he said we should trust, but verify. The case with Saddam is similar and we must continue to press the issue. Saddam has shown that his words mean very little. It's his actions that count, so in this case I think we need to be very careful about trusting and go the extra mile to verify," said Enzi.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441, which demonstrates President Bush's coalition building ability, was approved unanimously Nov. 9. It requires Iraq's compliance with previous disarmament obligations and provides that a failure to cooperate will constitute a material breach resulting in "serious consequences."

"The minute Saddam sees an opportunity, he will dodge, he will defer, he will delay. His past actions have proven that, but President Bush is doing an excellent job of standing strong and not giving Saddam any opening. The American people and people from around the world will not tolerate any more of Saddam's tricks," said Enzi. "Saddam really was not in a position to accept or reject this resolution. This resolution is clear - without full and complete compliance the international community will not simply shrug its shoulders and go home. The United States certainly will not stand for it nor will like-minded nations."

Under the resolution Iraq has seven days, until Friday, to accept the terms. Iraq has 30 days, until Dec. 8, to make a "full and complete" declaration of its weapons. Inspection teams are expected to begin arriving in Iraq next week. The inspectors will issue their first report to the Security Council by Feb. 21, 2002, 105 days after the passage of the resolution.

"It is still very early in the game. The international community must remain vigilant in enforcing Security Council resolutions, enforcing compliance and enforcing nonproliferation," said Enzi. "The continued strength shown by our President and the U.N. makes it more likely that Saddam will opt for peace because he will otherwise be faced with certain conflict that he can't win."