Bush Calls for UN Sanctions on Iraq to be Lifted

Politics | April 17, 2003, Thursday // 00:00

The United States has refused to rule the war over but Bush said the United Nations should now lift the punishing sanctions imposed on Saddam's regime so Iraq could trade its oil on world markets without UN control, AFP reported.

"Now that Iraq has been liberated, the United Nations should lift economic sanctions on that country," Bush said in a speech in Missouri.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the United States was preparing to table a UN resolution ending the UN-administered "oil-for-food" programme, allowing Iraq instead to sell its substantial oil reserves freely on world markets.

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