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  Saddam Hussein told to disarm by 17 March
Updated 08 March 2003, 13.04

Saddam Hussein has been told he must get rid of all his weapons of mass destruction by 17 March.

The US and the UK say he isn't doing enough to get rid of those weapons and want the United Nations to agree with their deadline.

At the moment Iraq is under UN orders to get rid of all its nastiest weapons and help inspectors make sure they are doing so.


The US and UK don't think this happening, so want the UN to vote for a new order that will give Iraq a decision - choose to disarm or be disarmed by force.

Other countries like France, Germany and Russia don't think force is needed just yet - they want the inspectors to have more time in Iraq to do their jobs.

The chief weapons inspector Dr Hans Blix has written a list of key question that he says Iraq must answer about its weapons.

The list of questions may be used by both sides to try and support their views on whether a war with Iraq is going to happen.

The US and the UK say the list proves Saddam isn't trying to get rid of his weapons so needs soldiers to go in and do it for him.

The countries against war say that the list proves there is still much for the inspectors to do, and they must be given more time to finish their jobs.

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