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Bush: Saddam Hussein must go

CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- President Saddam Hussein's days as leader of Iraq are numbered if the United States has anything to do with it, President Bush made clear Saturday during a joint news conference with visiting Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain.

"I told the prime minister the policy of my government is to remove Saddam and that all options are on the table," he said.

Blair was more circumspect, saying Britain agrees "that Iraq would be a better place without Saddam Hussein."

"But how we proceed, that is a matter that is open," he said. "When the time comes for taking those decisions, we will tell people of those decisions."

Bush and Blair each said Hussein must prove to the world that he is not developing weapons of mass destruction.

"We both recognize the danger of a man -- who is willing to kill his own people -- harboring and developing weapons of mass destruction," Bush said. "Saddam Hussein told the world he would show us that he would not develop weapons of mass destruction, and yet, over the last decade, he has refused to do so."

"I cannot imagine the threat in not holding Saddam Hussein accountable for what he said he was going to do."




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