Jordan's King Hussein, who is harboring Iraqi defectors bent on overthrowing President Saddam Hussein, has told an Israeli newspaper now was the right time for change in Baghdad.
"This is the right time for change, but it's not possible to determine (when it will happen). If a change will be made, it will only be a change for the good," King Hussein told Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth daily.King Hussein granted asylum last week to a group of Iraqis that included Lt. Gen. Hussein Kamel Hassan, mastermind of Iraq's military program, his brother and two of Saddam's daughters, to whom they are married.
At a news conference at Jordan's royal palace on Saturday, Kamel appealed for the overthrow of the Baghdad government and hinted that he might be Iraq's future leader.
Hussein, who supported neighboring Iraq during the gulf war, has insisted he granted the asylum out of humanitarian rather than political motives. He said he hoped the affair would improve the situation for Iraqis.
Meanwhile, U.N. weapons inspector Rolf Ekeus said on Monday he would go to Baghdad soon to follow up Iraq's promise to reveal more information on its weapons program.
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz said on Sunday Baghdad would reveal vital information on its weapons program that he accused Kamel Hassan of holding back from the United Nations.