1. US Secretary of State Colin Powell with officials walking along corridor
2. US Senate Budget Committee hearing in progress
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"Dr Blix and Dr Elbaradei have now returned from Iraq, their weekend trip, and they'll be reporting to the (Security) Council this Friday. We anxiously await their report. There are some on the Security Council, some in the international community who are saying we just need more monitors, well Dr Blix dealt with that yesterday when asked about it - Dr Blix said, not Colin Powell, not President Bush - Dr Blix said we don't need more monitors or inspectors, we need Iraq's compliance and cooperation - that's the issue, not more inspectors."
4. Audience listening
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"But it is clear and the moment of truth is coming with respect to Iraq and with respect to the Security Council as to whether it will meet its responsibilities - this is not just an academic exercise or the United States being in a fit of pique, we're talking about real weapons, we're talking about anthrax, we're talking about botuline toxin, we're talking about nuclear weapons programmes, we're talking about chemically filled bombs that are missing, unaccounted for, that Iraq has not accounted for."
6. Rear view of Powell speaking pan to photographers
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"The US will not look away from this challenge and guess what, nor will many of our friends and allies who perhaps being heard quite as vigorously as other friends and allies?"
9. Wide view of Powell speaking
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"Much is being said this morning about disagreement in NATO as to whether or not our Turkish friends , our ally, our Turkish NATO colleague should be given support, in this time of danger and three of the European nations in NATO are saying let's not do it at this time, but 16 nations are saying we should do it. We're hearing a lot about the three, but remember 16 nations who include of course Turkey and the US have stood up for Turkey. Turkey has now said under Article Four to the Alliance 'We want to consult with you as to what our needs might be'. I think this is time for the Alliance to say to a fellow Alliance-member 'We agree with you, you are concerned, we are concerned.' That's what alliances are all about and I hope NATO will be doing the right thing with respect to Turkey within the next 24 hours"
11. Hearing in progress
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"This morning it was brought home to me again when I read the transcript of what Bin Laden or who we believe to be Bin Laden will be saying on Al-Jazeera during the course of the day. You will be seeing this as the day unfolds. Once again he speaks to the people of Iraq and talks about their struggle and how he is in partnership with Iraq. This nexus between terrorism and state developing weapons of mass destruction can no longer be looked away from and ignored."
US Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday urged NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) to provide military support to help Turkey defend itself in the event of a possible US-led war with Iraq.
"This is time for the alliance to say to a fellow alliance member, 'We agree with you, and if you are concerned, we are concerned.' That's what alliances are all about," Powell said at a testimony to the US Senate Budget Committee.
Powell said Friday's report of the UN weapons inspectors to the United Nations Security Council would be a critical test for both Iraq and for the Security Council itself. Powell said he hoped the Security Council would meet its responsibilities in the current crisis.
The US Secretary of State cited comments by Dr Hans Blix that more inspectors were not the answer to the problem of verification in Iraq. He defended the US position as not being one of pique, but about real weapons that have not been accounted for by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
During his testimony, Powell also told the Senate panel that what appears to be a new statement from Osama bin Laden shows why the world needs to be concerned about Iraqi ties to terrorism.
Powell said he read a transcript of an alleged Bin laden statement, supposedly due to be aired on the Al-Jazeera Arab satellite station later on Tuesday, where once again he expressed support for the people of Iraq.
Powell said the 'nexus between terrorism and states developing weapons of mass destruction' could no longer be ignored.
The Secretary of State said the US, as well as many of its allies, would not look away from the coming challenge.
The split between the United States and its allies widened when France, Germany and Belgium jointly vetoed on Monday a US-backed measure to authorise NATO to make plans to protect Turkey if Iraq attacks it. Russia then joined France and Germany in demanding strengthened weapons inspections.
Powell made the remarks as NATO ambassadors met for an emergency session on Tuesday to negotiate whether the alliance should provide military assistance to Turkey, a member of the treaty organisation.
France, Germany and Belgium on Monday blocked the 19-member alliance from providing such assistance.