"Disarming" Iraq under international law

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As a consequence of United Nations Security Council resolutions passed after the 1990-91 Gulf war, Iraq is required by international law to renounce weapons of mass destruction and submit to verification inspections by United Nations agencies. It is yet to be determined whether Iraq still retains these weapons, although many western governments maintain that it does.

This Current Issues Brief examines whether, in the absence of any explicit authorisation from the Security Council, international law allows a state to use military force to compel Iraq into meeting its obligations. In particular it looks at the position taken by the US on unilateral enforcement of Security Council resolutions and so-called "pre-emptive" self-defence.

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