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Rumsfeld: War in Iraq May Modify Behavior of Rogue Nations - 2003-05-04


US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the war in Iraq has sent a powerful message to other nations not to pursue weapons of mass destruction or support terrorism.

Mr. Rumsfeld told Fox television Sunday that the war may modify the behavior of countries that are seeking banned weapons or backing terrorists.

The Defense Secretary expressed confidence that coalition forces in Iraq will eventually find ousted leader Saddam Hussein and evidence of chemical or biological weapons. He said he expects the weapons will be found when lower-level officials come forward with information about where they are hidden.

On North Korea, Mr. Rumsfeld said the United States will have to see what path the country decides to take in the dispute over its nuclear program.

Secretary of State Colin Powell told N-B-C television that the United States will not be blackmailed or intimidated by North Korea. Mr. Powell said Pyongyang has gotten nothing from its recent bellicose statements and claim that it has nuclear weapons. He said Washington will not respond to what he called North Korean "tantrums."

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