Iraq Debate

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Secretary of State Colin Powell says he's still hoping the Iraq crisis can end peacefully. But he says military force might be needed -- and he expects America's allies to be on board.

Responding to Germany and France's opposition to war, Powell said there are "sharp differences" among allied nations on how to deal with Iraq.

But he also says there were sharp differences over the UN Security Council resolution that returned weapons inspectors to Iraq -- a resolution he notes eventually had the support of European allies.

At a State Department news conference with his British counterpart, Powell said each council member has the right to act in its own national interest.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw also notes that France and Germany supported the UN resolution, including the threat of serious consequences if Iraq doesn't comply.

He says it's up to Iraq to avoid war by supplying more evidence about its weapons programs.