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  Iraq makes peace move over weapons
Updated 17 September 2002, 13.55
Iraq has agreed to allow weapons inspectors into the country
Iraq has agreed to let American inspectors into the country to prove it has not got secret stores of nuclear weapons.

Some countries have greeted the news happily, but America is not impressed.

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The US Government says the move is just a ploy because Iraq wants to stop America gathering support to attack its leader, Saddam Hussein.

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Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein
America and Britain are worried that Iraq has secret stores of weapons which could cause mass destruction if Saddam decided to use them.

They are both afraid that Saddam could launch terrorist attacks on the rest of the world.

Threat of war

America and Britain are not convinced by the weapons inspector offer
So the US and Britain are still insisting that some kind of decision is needed about what to do with Iraq, despite them allowing the inspectors in.

But other countries, like Russia and China, have welcomed Iraq's decision. Russia said the threat of war had been avoided thanks to lots of high-level talks.

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