UN faces big challenges under new Iraq sanctions plan, GAO says

The United Nations' updated Iraq sanctions regime has no provisions to deter oil smuggling and illicit trade or to reintroduce weapons inspectors, according to an analysis by the General Accounting Office."Until these issues are resolved, the sanctions cannot provide assurance that Iraq has stopped developing weapons of mass destruction," said the report, which was prepared for Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).Iraq has been under international economic sanctions since its invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. Since their inception, the sanctions have been controversial. In the early years of the sanctions, there was strong evidence to suggest the civilian populat...

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