Resolution 1154

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Passed on 2 March 1998 by the UN Security Council at the apogee of an Iraqi-U.S. crisis, this resolution refers to Security Council Resolution 687 of 1991, which imposed economic sanctions and an arms inspection regime on Iraq at the end of the Gulf War of 1991 and endorses a recent "memorandum of understanding" between Iraq and the United Nations, which provided for International Atomic Energy Agency staff to inspect "presidential sites" in Iraq. The resolution urges that Iraq respect its "obligation" to accord immediate, unconditional, and unrestricted access to UN inspectors, and declares that "any violation would have the severest consequences for Iraq." The Council "notes that by its failure so far to comply with its relevant obligations Iraq has delayed the moment when the Council can" make a decision "to lift sanctions, which it reaffirms its intention to do."

SEE ALSO Gulf War (1991).