U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell calls on the world not to shrink from action against Iraq if Baghdad fails to disarm.
Speaking at a Security Council meeting in New York on counterterrorism, Mr. Powell said the international community cannot be "shocked into impotence" by the difficult choices ahead.
Key members of the United Nations Security Council expressed widely differing views on how to deal with Iraq. The United States and Britain warned that time was running out for Iraq to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction.
Germany said it would not support war against Iraq. German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said his country feared military action could bring "disastrous consequences" for the region, and damage the global war against terrorism.
China said the U-N inspectors need more time to do their work.
Today's U-N meeting came one week ahead of a key January 27th report by the U-N weapons inspectors in Iraq on their findings.