After six weeks of largely fruitless negotiations, President Bush gave the U.N. Security Council a deadline for voting on an Iraq resolution, The Washington Post reported. The administration planned to force a vote on its demand that Saddam Hussein disarm or face invasion. France and Russia continued to insist that any proposal not declare Iraq in “material breach” of its obligations, a phrase that has previously been used to trigger military action. But chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix told the Security Council that a tough resolution would help his team. Bush said the U.S. was prepared to take action with our without the Council’s support. Saddam “has made the United Nations look foolish,” said Bush.
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