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  United Nations agrees new action on Iraq
Updated 08 November 2002, 16.50
The United Nations' Security Council meets to discuss Iraq
The United Nations has agreed to force Iraq to give up its weapons of mass destruction - or face "serious consequences".

All 15 members of the UN's Security Council supported the plan, called a 'resolution'.

Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein
It states that Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, must allow UN inspectors into the country to search for weapons. They must be allowed everywhere - even inside Saddam's presidential quarters.

Victory

If Saddam refuses, the agreement allows the UN to take serious action against Iraq. This could mean military action of some kind.

This decision is seen as a victory for America, which has been trying to get Iraq to get rid of its weapons for months. American President George W Bush helped draft the plan, along with Britain's Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Iraqi weapons being destroyed in 1998
Iraq had urged the Security Council to reject the plan, calling it "the law of evil".

But after two months of talks, the council finally agreed to adopt it.

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