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France, Russia will veto US Iraq resolution - Security Council vote postponed

[JURIST] French President Jacques Chirac said Monday evening in an interview on French television that France will cast its Security Council veto against a second US-UK draft resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. Watch the full interview with President Chirac on France 2 [in French]. Earlier in the day, as reported in the English-language Moscow Times, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov had said that Russia would vote against the resolution as presently worded. Without explicitly referring to either of these developments, the State Department indicated late Monday that the United States would not ask the Security Council to vote on the resolution (originally scheduled for consideration Tuesday) until later in the week.

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