From a Jan. 30 CNN interview with British Ambassador to the United States, Antony Acland:

Q. Do you see signs of strength or weakness in the joint U.S.-Soviet statement on the Persian Gulf War and the Middle East?

A. I don't think there's anything new about it, because what the Soviet foreign minister and Secretary Baker said was what the coalition and the United Nations and the world community have been saying from the very beginning: that the United Nations resolutions must be implemented and that they involve essentially the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait. So if Saddam Hussein says ... firmly that he is prepared to withdraw his forces from Kuwait and start doing something about it, that obviously changes the situation and means that the United Nations resolutions are beginning to be implemented, and that would create a new situation, which is what we've all been asking for from the very beginning. So I don't think that too much should be made of this.

Q. What should be the allied reaction if Saddam Hussein were to employ chemical and biological weapons?

A. I'm afraid we've got to be prepared for that, haven't we, because after all Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons in the war against Iran, he used chemical weapons against his own people, against the Kurds. So we must be prepared for that, and we are prepared for that. The coalition forces have got chemical suits, and the necessary antidote to chemical weapons has been supplied. If he uses them, as our secretary of state has said very recently, there will be a very firm, massive response to the use of chemical weapons by Saddam Hussein.