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PREPARED STATEMENTS SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD

SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

OPENING STATEMENT OF MR. DUNCAN HUNTER
HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE
HEARING ON WEAPONS INSPECTIONS IN IRAQ

September 10, 2002

Today, the Committee on Armed Services meets in open session to discuss weapons inspections in Iraq, with specific emphasis on the experiences of the United Nations Special

Commission on Iraq from 1991 through 1998.

Today’s hearing marks the first of a number of planned public sessions designed to educate and inform the Committee, and the American people, on the various issues surrounding Iraq’s continued violation of numerous United Nation’s resolutions, its illicit development of weapons of mass destruction, and the threat that Saddam Hussein poses to the United States, the Middle East,

and the international community.

In fact, the Committee received a classified briefing from the CIA and DIA earlier this afternoon on Iraqi threats, and will hear from Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld next Wednesday morning,

September 18, on many of these same matters.

Our witnesses this afternoon, however, are

• Dr. Dr. David A. Kay, former United Nations Chief Nuclear

Weapons Inspector in Iraq; and

• Dr. Richard O. Spertzel, former Head of the Biology Section

on the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq.

Welcome gentlemen. Thank you for appearing on such short

notice. The committee looks forward to your testimony. But before we ask you both for your opening remarks, I want

to invite Mr. Skelton, the Ranking Democrat on the committee, to

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