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3.10.03

US - Iraq

President Bush has hit the phones in a last-ditch effort to win passage of a war-making United Nations resolution on Iraq.

Aides say he called China's president and Japan's prime minister first thing this morning. However, Russia's foreign minister has announced plans to vote against the United States backed resolution, casting new doubt on its chances.

White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer says only, "We hope that's not the case." Meantime, US officials are demanding answers about two new Iraqi weapons systems discovered by UN inspectors.

One is a kind of rocket designed to scatter small bombs filled with chemical or biological agents. The other is an unmanned aerial vehicle. Neither was declared by Iraq last December.

Fleischer says US officials would like to know why Hans Blix did not mention either when he briefed the Security Council last Friday.

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