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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bush Eyes New Iraq Resolution

WASHINGTON — Faced with a lukewarm response from U.S. allies to the U.S. indictment of Iraq, President George W. Bush on Thursday weighed a new move at the UN Security Council to specifically authorize the use of force against Iraq.

Secretary of State Colin Powell, who set out the U.S. case to the council that Iraq was deceiving UN weapons inspectors, met with the president at the White House to develop a strategy.

Foreign ministers responded mostly with calls for more UN weapons inspections after Powell's presentation Wednesday stressed that Iraq was shifting and hiding chemical and biological weapons, as well as nuclear weapons and long-range mission programs from them.

Powell told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday that most of the statements read by foreign ministers after his speech had been prepared beforehand. He said he detected a shift in attitude when he talked to 13 of the ministers afterward.

Still, Bush and Powell were considering ways to attract more support for the possibility of using force to disarm Iraq. Powell told the committee that Bush would welcome a second resolution and "many members of the council would not only welcome it some of them would say we require one for participation in whatever might come."

The first resolution, approved unanimously by the council in November, authorized a new round of UN weapons inspections and warned Iraq of serious consequences if it defied resolutions requiring it to get rid of weapons of mass destruction. The Bush administration had taken the position that the resolution was sufficient backing for the use of force.

But France, among other nations, does not agree. And Powell told the senators he had told council members at the time that Iraq would be subject to military action if it failed to comply.

He said that within weeks the Iraqi situation would be brought to a conclusion "one way or another."

In fact, he said, he told other ministers last November they should not vote for Resolution 1441 if they would not support a second resolution "when serious consequences are called for."