US sanctions refuse to permit Iraq to import the clean-up equipment that they desperately need to decontaminate their country of the depleted uranium ammunition that the US fired at them. Approximately 315 tons of DU dust was left by the use of this ammunition. US sanctions also do not allow the mass importation of anti-cancer treatments, which contain trace amounts of radio-isotopes, on the grounds that these constitute '...nuclear materials..' The results have been a devastating increase in miscarraiges and birth deformities.
The US government is considering expanding bombing campaigns to Iraq. The United Nations firmly states that the unilateral behavior of the US government must stop and that it is strongly against any expansion of US imperialist aggression. Although the United Nations has failed as an experiment in international political democracy, its public statements against unilateral military aggression can be seen as a step towards accountability on an international scale.