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February 18, 1998 - Albright, US Secretary of Defense William Cohen, and US National Security Advisor Sandy Berger visit Ohio State University for an
internationally televised "town hall" meeting on a possible war with Iraq. Angry audience members and protestors disrupt the meeting.
February 20, 1998 - Saddam Hussein negotiates a deal with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, allowing weapons inspectors to return to Baghdad,
preventing military action by the US and Britain.
February 23, 1998 - Iraq signs a "Memorandum of Understanding" with the UN, which says that the country will accept all relevant Security Council
resolutions, cooperate fully with UNSCOM and the IAEA, and will grant UNSCOM and the IAEA immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access for their
March 2, 1998 - US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright asks Richard Butler to keep Scott Ritter from heading any inspection team that is going to
inspect Iraqi "sensitive" sites. After other leaders of UNSCOM inspection teams show support for Ritter in a memo to the Executive Chairman, Ritter
returns to Iraq. The Security Council endorses the "Memorandum of Understanding" in Resolution 1154.
March 20–23, 1998 - Richard Butler says that the agreement UN General Secretary Kofi Annan made with the Iraqis has increased Iraqi cooperation with
April 1998 - Scott Ritter complains to Richard Butler that the US, Israel, and the United Kingdom have stopped providing intelligence reports to him.
US officials disagree, stating that only Ritter was cut off from information.
April 4, 1998 - UNSCOM completes initial inspections of eight Iraqi Presidential Palace sites.
April 8, 1998 - UNSCOM reports to the UN Security Council that Iraq's declaration on its biological weapons program is incomplete and inadequate.
May 15, 1998 - An Iraqi delegation travels to Bucharest to meet with scientists who can provide missile guidance systems. UNSCOM learns of this event,
but is never able to get this information to the UN Security Council.
Spring, 1998 - An UNSCOM inspection team discovers a dump full of destroyed Iraqi missiles. Analysis of the missile parts proves that Iraq had made a
weapon containing VX.
July 1998 - UNSCOM discovers documents, at Iraqi Air Force headquarters, showing that Iraq overstated by at least 6,000 the number of chemical bombs
it told the U.N. it had used during the Iran–Iraq War. These bombs remain unaccounted for.
August 3, 1998 - Butler meets with Tariq Aziz who demands that weapons inspections must end immediately and that Iraq must be certified as free of
weapons of mass destruction. Butler says he cannot do that.
August 5, 1998 - Iraq suspends all cooperation with UNSCOM teams.
August 26, 1998 - Scott Ritter resigns from UNSCOM, sharply criticized the Clinton administration and the U.N. Security Council for not being vigorous
enough about insisting that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction be destroyed. Ritter also accused U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan of assisting Iraqi
efforts at impeding UNSCOM's work. "Iraq is not disarming," Ritter said, and in a second statement, "Iraq retains the capability to launch a
September 9, 1998 - The UN Security Council passes Resolution 1194 which once again condemns Iraq's lack of cooperation with inspectors.
September 29, 1998 - The United States Congress passes the "Iraq Liberation Act", which states that the US wants to remove Saddam Hussein from
office and replace the government with a democratic institution.
October 31, 1998 - Iraq ends all forms of cooperation with the UNSCOM teams and expels inspectors from the country.
U.S. President Clinton signed into law HR 4655, the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998.
November 5, 1998 - The United Nations Security Council passes Resolution 1205 demanding Iraq rescind its decision to cease cooperation with UNSCOM and
restrict the activities of the IAEA.
November 13–14, 1998 - US President Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq. Clinton then calls it off at the last minute when Iraq promises once again to
unconditionally cooperate with UNSCOM.
November 18, 1998 - UNSCOM inspectors return to Iraq.
November 23–26, 1998 - According to UNSCOM, Iraq ends cooperation with UNSCOM inspectors, alternately intimidating and withholding information from
November 30, 1998 - Butler meets with US National Security Advisor Sandy Berger to coordinate timelines for a possible military strike against
December 11, 1998 - Iraq announces that weapons inspections will no longer take place on Friday, the Muslim day of rest. Iraq also refuses to provide
test data from the production of missiles and engines.
December 13, 1998 - US President Clinton secretly approves an attack on Iraq.
December 15, 1998 - Richard Butler reports to the UN Security Council that Iraq is still blocking inspections.