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Bolton Runs Into Tough Questions At Confirmation Hearing


John Bolton appearing before Senate
President Bush's choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is fielding tough questions at his confirmation hearing Monday.

In his opening statement, John Bolton pledged to work with other countries to make the United Nations stronger and more effective.

But Senate Democrats remain clearly opposed to Mr. Bolton, who has in the past condemned the world body and bluntly criticized a number of countries.

Democrats today raised questions about an incident in which Mr. Bolton pressured State Department intelligence analysts who challenged his assertion that Cuba possessed banned weapons.

In testimony, Mr. Bolton admitted that he tried to have the men moved to other jobs. Senator Christopher Dodd called that "dreadfully wrong."

Mr. Bolton currently serves as undersecretary of state for arms control. His hearing continues through Wednesday.