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At U.N., Bush Defends Iraq Policy But Asks for Help

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At U.N., Bush Defends Iraq Policy But Asks for Help

At U.N., Bush Defends Iraq Policy But Asks for Help

At U.N., Bush Defends Iraq Policy But Asks for Help

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President Bush told the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday that the goal of Iraqi self-government must be "reached by orderly and democratic means," rejecting calls from France and others for a speedier transition to sovereignty. In his annual address to the world body, Bush also appealed for additional economic assistance for the reconstruction of Iraq, saying the nation "needs and deserves our aid." Though they didn't mention the United States by name, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and French President Jacques Chirac criticized the unilateral use of force and the pre-emptive use of force. NPR's Vicki O'Hara reports.

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