Following are some of the points of David Kay's interim statement to Congress on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq by his team, the Iraq Survey Group (search):
— Weapons hunters have uncovered no actual weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
"We have not yet found stocks of weapons, but we are not yet at the point where we can say definitively either that such weapon stocks do not exist, or that they existed before the war and our only task is to find where they have gone," Kay said. "We have discovered dozens of WMD-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nationshe inspections that began in late 2002."
— Weapons hunters described evidence of possible small-scale biological weapons research and development activity. A single vial of a strain of botulinum, a poison that can be used as a weapon, was located at the home of a known biological weapons scientist.
"Teams are uncovering significant information — including research and development of BW-applicable organisms, the involvement of Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) in possible BW activities, and deliberate concealment activities," Kay said.
— The teams found only limited evidence of renewed chemical weapons efforts.
"Multiple sources with varied access and reliability have told ISG that Iraq did not have a large, ongoing, centrally controlled CW program after 1991," Kay said. There had been reports that Iraq retained some of its old chemical weapons, but Kay said none have been found.
— The teams found almost no sign that a significant nuclear weapons effort was under way.
"Despite evidence of Saddam's continued ambition to acquire nuclear weapons, to date we have not uncovered evidence that Iraq undertook significant post-1998 steps to actually build nuclear weapons or produce fissile material," Kay said.
— Searchers do have substantial evidence of Iraqi efforts to boost the range of its ballistic missiles beyond prohibited ranges, something United Nations inspectors also have cited in the past.
"With regard to delivery systems, the ISG team has discovered sufficient evidence to date to conclude that the Iraqi regime was committed to delivery system improvements," Kay said.