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  Iraq war 'could be just weeks away'
Updated 01 February 2003, 12.25

Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W Bush have warned war with Iraq could be just weeks away.

Fact File
Key dates
5 Feb - US Secretary of State Powell to address UN Security Council
14 Feb - further report from weapons inspectors
27 Mar - Chief weapons inspector Hans Blix submits new report to UN

The two leaders met face-to-face to talk about the situation in Iraq. They believe the country's president, Saddam Hussein, is hiding dangerous weapons.

Blair and Bush urged Saddam to get rid of his weapons and to co-operate with inspectors from the United Nations.

International action

They said the crisis will come to a head "in a matter of weeks not months".

The UK prime minister said he would prefer further action against Iraq through the United Nations.

"What is important is that the international community comes together again and makes it absolutely clear that this is unacceptable," Mr Blair said.

Iraq has repeatedly denied that it possesses any weapons of mass destruction.

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