Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blair Comes under Renewed Pressure over Iraq WMD Claims

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blair Comes under Renewed Pressure over Iraq WMD Claims

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Tony Blair was under yet more pressure last night over claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq after new doubts were raised by a former senior ally of US President George Bush.

Ex-US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, who was sacked by President Bush in December 2002, said he never saw any evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

The invasion of Iraq was meanwhile described as an unnecessary part of America's "dangerously indiscriminate and ambitious" war on terror, according to a report published by the US Army War College.

In an interview with Time magazine, Mr O'Neill said he saw only "allegations and assertions" about Iraq's weapons programmes during his tenure, which included a seat on the National Security Council. "In the 23 months I was there, I never saw anything that I would characterise as evidence of weapons of mass destruction," Mr O'Neill said.

"There were allegations and assertions by people. But I've been around a hell of a long time, and I know the difference between evidence and assertions and illusions. …

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