"The issues concerning the weapons of mass destruction were not discussed," he stressed.
"Some military personnel, who had been involved in the search of the weapons of mass destruction, were transformed to another work, after the task was achieved," Mr. Colin Powell said answering a Russian journalist's question.
According to him, before the war in Iraq "Americans believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and he had used it already." Therefore, Washington decided that the civil society couldn't live with that threat just like the previous 12 years, Mr. Powell noted.
According to the US Secretary of State, the UN inspectors will continue their work in Iraq under the new directorship.