WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Colin L. Powell demanded on Sunday that Iran halt its quest for weapons of mass destruction and that Syria cease supporting terrorism.
He also called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to take serious steps toward a peace agreement.
In a strong speech to a pro-Israel lobby group, Powell reaffirmed the Bush administration's determination to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
"We will keep his weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East," Powell said to strong applause from thousands of American Jews attending an evening session opening the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's 44th annual policy conference.
"Let there be no doubt of the outcome," he said. "We will drive Saddam Hussein and his regime from power."
Turning to Iran -- which President Bush has denounced as a member of an "axis of evil" along with Iraq and North Korea -- Powell said it must stop its support of terrorism against Israel and "must stop its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and the ability to produce them."