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Those are going to continue -- the permanent five Security Council members -- those are going to continue. Let's be very clear that the absence of resolutions is not the problem. BLITZER: So, you're just waiting right now to determine whether or not another, in effect, ultimatum to the Iraqi government would be worthwhile?
There have been 16 resolutions, all of which Saddam Hussein has ignored. RICE: Well, there's been plenty of ultimatums, and one thing that we better be very clear is that we can't continue to have the kind of defiance of the United Nations, the defiance of the international community that we've had. understood that he was not trustworthy, understood that there needed to be a way to monitor his programs and to make sure that he was destroying weapons of mass destruction.
Scott Ritter, a former United Nations weapons inspector, today addressed the Iraqi National Assembly and basically made the point that there are no problems as far as Iraq is concerned. RICE: Well, I'd very interested to know how one can dismiss a weapons of mass destruction program that was well documented before 1991, when the inspectors actually arrived, what they found in 1991; that was being documented until 1998 when the inspectors left; that continues to gather momentum. RICE: You will get different estimates about precisely how close he is.
It's not just the United States that's making this case. We do know that he is actively pursuing a nuclear weapon.
And I assume that he will eventually be able to do that, probably sooner rather than later. It wants to blackmail its neighbors, and it will eventually want to blackmail the entire international community.
WOLF BLITZER, HOST: It's noon in Washington and New York, a.m. (NEWSBREAK) BLITZER: And within the past hour, I spoke with President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, about Iraq, the U. war on terror, and Wednesday's one-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States. Rice, thanks for joining us on this Sunday as usual.
The problem is that we can't afford to be surprised. How long are we going to wait to deal with what is clearly a gathering threat against the United States, against our allies and against his own region?
BLITZER: Should the United Nations Security Council formally give the Iraqi government one last chance, one last effort to allow U. weapons inspection teams back in before the United States makes any decision about military moves?
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Is Iraq's regime of President Saddam Hussein right now a clear and present danger to the United States?
How much longer do you believe, given the intelligence information you obviously have, it will take for Saddam Hussein's government to have a nuclear bomb?