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  Germany & France try to stop Iraq action
Updated 10 February 2003, 21.22
Lots people aren't happy with President George Bush
A row about military action against Iraq is getting bigger, after France, Germany and Russia called for more time for weapons inspectors.

The US doesn't think they should get any more time, and seems to want to begin using military action to take away Iraq's weapons.

The Russian and French leaders met in Paris
The Russian and French leaders met in Paris
Iraq has been ordered to get rid of all its weapons by the United Nations under a special rule called resolution 1441.

That says that as well as getting rid of any weapons, Iraq must also help weapons inspectors from the UN in every possible way.

The US doesn't think they have been doing this, and having threatened to disarm Iraq by force, now want to go through with that threat.

Earlier France and Belgium started another row when they blocked a move to put military equipment into Turkey.

10,000 people protested in Germany
10,000 people protested in Germany
The US wanted to help defend the country - which is next door to Iraq - but France and Belgium think any such move will make stopping war through talking to Iraq's leaders impossible.

All the countries involved are part of a special club called Nato that is supposed to stick together in times like these, but the block has angered the US.

They may now go ahead and send in the military equipment without the full agreement of Nato which is sure to make the situation even more tense.

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