4,687. 3/7/2003

In a presentation to the United Nations Security Council on March 7, 2003, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said: “we all know, in 1991 the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] was just days away from determining that Iraq did not have a nuclear program. We soon found out otherwise… The point is that this document [United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission report: ‘Unresolved Disarmament Issues: Iraq’s Proscribed Weapons Programs’] conclusively shows that Iraq had and still has the capability to manufacture these kinds of weapons, that Iraq had and still has the capability to manufacture not only chemical but biological weapons, and that Iraq had and still has literally tens of thousands of delivery systems, including increasingly capable and dangerous unmanned aerial vehicles.”

 – Colin Powell, Transcript of Colin Powell’s Response to Inspector’s Reports, CNN, March 7, 2003

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