Mohamed ElBaradei, 2003 News
head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, delivered several reports to the UN Security Council on his team's search for nuclear weapons inside Iraq. ElBaradei reported in February that although Iraq had not cooperated fully, his team had “found no evidence of ongoing prohibited nuclear activities in Iraq.” He urged the members of the Security Council to give the inspectors more time to complete the task. President Bush refused, however, and expressed skepticism about the accuracy of ElBaradei's report. In March ElBaradei told the Security Council that documents that said Iraq tried to procure uranium from Niger were crude forgeries. The Bush administration had used the evidence to help justify the war against Iraq.