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Details of the proposed U.N. resolution on Iraq

The key demands in the draft U.N. resolution on Iraq that the United States and the United Kingdom are trying to persuade the Security Council to endorse are:

_ U.N. member states already possess authorization to use "all necessary means," including force, "to restore peace and stability in the region."

_ Military force could be triggered by (a) a false statement or omission in Iraq's declaration of what weapons of mass destruction it has or (b) failure by Iraq at any time to comply with the terms of the new resolution.

_ Weapon inspectors would be allowed to move freely and to bring a security force with them.

_ Inspectors could bring any tools necessary to do their job.

_ Iraq has seven days to accept the resolution after it is adopted by the U.N. Security Council.

_ Iraq has 30 days to declare what weapons of mass destruction programs it has.

_ Saddam Hussein's "presidential sites"—palace compounds—are to be open to inspection.

Nine of the 15 members of the Security Council must approve the resolution, and it must not be vetoed by any of the five permanent members: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China.


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