1. US Secretary of State Colin Powell walks out with Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham
2. Cutaway of reporters
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"I do know that Canada will do, just as the minister has said and as the Prime Minister has said, over the weeks and months study this very carefully, recognise the significance and importance of this issue. I think Canada is committed to the disarmament of Iraq of weapons of mass destruction. We all hope it can be done with the full support of the international community and we'll stay in close touch in the weeks ahead to make sure that we have a complete understanding of each other's views."
4. Cutaway Graham
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6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Bill Graham, Canadian Foreign Minister:
"I think what the secretary told me was that he intends to make a persuasive case that Iraq must be compelled to disarm. And Iraq has to understand that if it does not disarm there will be consequences for its failure to disarm. Dr Blix told us the other day that he's not satisfied with Iraq's progress on disarmament, and its willingness to step up and disarm. We are watching that and we support the secretary. We believe that Iraq has to know, from the world community, that it must disarm. We agree with that. We will watch what he has to say about the progress. But, we all agree that if Iraq fails to disarm the United Nations will have to take responsibility to make sure that resolution 1441 is enforced."
7. Wide shot Powell walking away
8. Cutaway reporters and photographers
9. Graham walking away
10. Wide shot of Conservative Political Action Committee Convention
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dick Cheney, US Vice-President:
"Unfortunately the declaration that Iraq made to the United Nations last month about its weapons and missiles programme clearly demonstrates that Saddam has absolutely no intention of complying with the world's demands. Some time ago the UN confirmed it has sufficient material to produce over 25,000 litres of anthrax, more than 38,000 litres of botulinium toxin and as much as 500 tonnes of Sarin and mustard gas and VX nerve agents. We know he had about 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical weapons and several mobile biological weapons laboratories designed to produce germ warfare agents on the move. And Saddam Hussein has never accounted for nor destroyed these instruments of terror."
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13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dick Cheney, US Vice-President:
"It would take just one vial, one cannister, one crate to bring a day of horror to our nation unlike any we have ever seen. That is why confronting the threat posed by Iraq is not a distraction from the war on terror, it is absolutely crucial to winning the war on terror. "
US Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Canadian Foreign Ministers Bill Graham for talks on Wednesday as the Americans continued to put forward their case for disarming Iraq.
At a brief news conference following the meeting, Powell said he was sure America's northern neigbour was committed to the disarmament issue and that the two countries would remain in close contact over the coming weeks.
Graham added the United Nations needed to make sure that resolution 1441 was enforced should Iraq fail to disarm peacefully.
Asked about whether Canada would join the United States if the Bush administration decides not to wait for the United Nations, both men said there was a need for multinational action to disarm Saddam.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Washington, Vice President Dick Cheney continued to press the case as he addressed the annual convention of the Conservative Political Action Committee.
Cheney presented a list of Iraqi chemicals and weapons that the inspectors are aware of from the last round of inspections which ended in 1998. But he said that Baghdad has not provided evidence that the weapons have been destroyed.
He said that confronting the threat posed by Iraq was crucial to winning the war on terror.
The Bush administration is currently combing intelligence data for details Powell could release to support its accusations that Iraq has a secret weapons programs and links to terrorist groups when he appears next week before a public UN session.
The administration says it is is working to find a way to release such information without compromising US intelligence sources.