The U.N. Puts Iraq on Notice

After weeks of delicate negotiations, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution forcing Iraq to disarm or confront "serious consequences"--most likely war. Iraq's neighbor Syria, widely expected to abstain, was the last country to come around in favor of the measure, after intense lobbying by France, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and even some moderate Arab states. Annan cautioned Syria, the council's only Arab member, that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein might exploit its nonvote in his propaganda. Now Iraq has until Nov. 15 to accept the terms of the decree; U.N. weapons inspectors must resume work in Iraq by Dec....

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