Bolton Expands “Axis of Evil” to Include Cuba, Libya and Syria

The United States is now turning its attention to other countries of concern beyond the original “axis of evil” nations of Iran, Iraq and North Korea, U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton said yesterday.

“We’re now turning our attention to Iran, Syria, Libya and Cuba,” Bolton said during a speech at the U.S. Embassy in London.

In his remarks, Bolton said that Libya has made increasing efforts since U.N. sanctions were lifted last month to obtain components for its biological and chemical weapons programs (see GSN, Aug. 5). He also strongly criticized Syria, adding that the U.S. Congress was “poised” to approve sanctions against Damascus (see GSN, Oct. 9).

The level of cooperation the United States has received from Syria has been “not satisfactory,” Bolton said (Evans/Beeston, London Times, Oct. 10).

October 10, 2003
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The United States is now turning its attention to other countries of concern beyond the original “axis of evil” nations of Iran, Iraq and North Korea, U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton said yesterday.