Chief U.S. weapons inspector says no WMD found in Iraq as support in Bush dips
Chief U.S. weapons inspector David Kay reported Thursday he had found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, as a new poll indicated Friday Americans mistrust President George W Bush's foreign policy.
Kay, in a report to Congress, described evidence of a possible small-scale biological weapons effort, and said searchers had substantial evidence of an Iraqi push to boost the range of its ballistic missiles beyond prohibited ranges.
But his team had found only limited evidence of any chemical weapons development, he said, and there was almost no sign that a significant nuclear weapons project was under way, The AP reported.
"We have not found at this point actual weapons," Kay said. "It does not mean we've concluded there are no actual weapons."
"In addition to intent, we have found a large body of continuing activities and equipment that were not declared to the U.N. inspectors when they returned in November of last year," he said.
Meanwhile, half of those surveyed in the CBS News/New York Times said they had no confidence in Bush's ability to resolve international crises. And 55 per cent said relations with US allies worsened compared to what they were in January 2001.
Nearly 9 in 10 Americans say the war in Iraq is still going on, and 6 in 10 say the United States should not spend as much on the effort as Bush has sought.
The telephone survey of 981 adults was carried out between September 28 and October 1. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.
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