Cheney: U.S. to Continue Search for Iraqi WMD

Vice President Also Cites Al Qaeda-Saddam Connection

Listen: <b>Web Extra:</b> Juan Williams' Extended Interview with Vice President Cheney

Vice President Dick Cheney speaks in Los Angeles.

Vice President Dick Cheney speaks in Los Angeles about the war on terror, Jan. 14, 2004. White House photo by David Bohrer hide caption

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Vice President Dick Cheney says the hunt in Iraq for weapons of mass destruction will go on and he insists that there were ties between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. In an interview with NPR's Juan Williams, Cheney also says the United Nations has a potential role to play in Iraq's political transition.

Cheney says the United States hasn't given up on finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which was one of the major arguments President Bush made in going to war to topple Saddam. Cheney cites an interim report by David Kay, who led the WMD search, as saying that the Iraqi government had programs designed to produce such weapons. "I think the jury is still out...," Cheney says.

"It's going to take some additional considerable period of time in order to look in all of the cubby holes and ammo dumps in Iraq where you might expect to find something like that," Cheney says.

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