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 Wednesday, 29 January, 2003, 12:40 GMT
State of the Union: Key points
Passers-by watch the Bush speech in Hong Kong
The Bush speech focused particularly on Iraq
US President George W Bush delivered his annual State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday. The following are the key points of his speech:

Click on the titles below to read a summary:



Iraq

Mr Bush said Iraq was not disarming and had shown "utter contempt for the United Nations and for the opinion of the world".

He said Secretary of State Colin Powell would ask the United Nations to consider Iraq's "defiance" on 5 February, when he would present information and intelligence about illegal weapons programmes, attempts to hide them from UN inspectors and links to terrorist groups.

The dictator of Iraq is not disarming - to the contrary, he is deceiving

George W Bush

Mr Bush indicated the United States was prepared to act without UN backing to disarm Iraq.

"We will consult, but let there be no misunderstanding: If Saddam Hussein does not fully disarm, for the safety of our people and of the peace of the world, we will lead a coalition to disarm him," he said.

He alleged the Iraqi president would use weapons of mass destruction to create havoc in the Middle East and warned he might pass on weapons to terrorists.


"Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications, and statements by people now in custody, reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists including members of al-Qaeda.

Secretly, and without fingerprints, he could provide one of his hidden weapons to terrorists, or help them develop their own".

War on terror

Mr Bush claimed success in the pursuit of alleged terrorists, saying 3,000 had been arrested and others eliminated.

"We have the terrorists on the run and we are keeping them on the run.

One by one, the terrorists are learning the meaning of American justice

George W Bush
One by one, the terrorists are learning the meaning of American justice."

He announced two new projects for homeland security.

Project Bioshield will use a $6bn budget to make vaccines and antidotes available against biological weapons such as anthrax, botulinum toxin, ebola and plague.

The Terrorist Threat Integration Center will analyse at a single location intelligence gathered by the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

North Korea:

Mr Bush said North Korea had deceived the world by secretly developing nuclear weapons.

"Today the North Korean regime is using its nuclear programme to incite fear and seek concessions.

America and the world will not be blackmailed".

Economy

Mr Bush said that lower taxes were needed to stimulate the economy and asked agreed tax cuts to be brought forward.

"Our first goal is clear: we must have an economy that grows fast enough to employ every man and woman who seeks a job"

He said small businesses had to be supported to allow them to create jobs.

Health care

"We must work toward a system in which all Americans have a good insurance policy," he said.

He promised those who were happy with their system would be allowed to keep it.

He said medical liability laws should be changed to prevent trivial law suits.

And he called for a ban on partial birth abortions and on human cloning.

Environment

Mr Bush pledged $1.2bn towards research on hydrogen-powered cars and called for a reduction in air pollution from power plants.

"Join me in this important innovation - to make our air significantly cleaner and our country much less dependent on foreign sources of energy."

Aids and poverty

Mr Bush promised $15bn over five years to help fight Aids in Africa and the Caribbean.

And he asked Congress to support his plan to give federal help to for faith-based charities assisting the poor.


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