The Japanese government believes “there is a high possibility” that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, despite congressional testimony to the contrary given by a former top U.S. arms inspector.

“There’s no guarantee that (the WMD) do not exist,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda told his regularly scheduled news conference Thursday. “Rather, it is more likely that they do exist. Or, you can think of the possibility that they have been hidden somewhere in some way.”

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