Blair insists evidence about Saddam WMD will be found
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday he has "absolutely no doubt" that concrete evidence will be found of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, urging critics to "have a little patience."
Blair, who visited Iraq on Thursday, spoke during a brief visit to Poland.
"Have a little patience," Blair said at a news conference. "I have absolutely no doubt at all that we will present the full evidence after we have investigated all the sites, after we've interviewed all the scientists and experts, and this will take place in the coming weeks and months."
On Thursday, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported that British intelligence agents were unhappy with a dossier Blair's office released on Iraqi weapons last year, particularly its claim that Saddam was able to launch such arms on 45 minutes' notice.
"The idea that we authorized or made our intelligence agencies invent some piece of evidence is completely absurd, and what is happening here is that people who have opposed this action throughout are now trying to find a fresh reason for saying why it wasn't the right thing to do," Blair said Friday.
Blair said Saddam's ties to weapons of mass destruction "is not some invention of the British security services. It's been well documented over 12 years of lies and deception from Saddam." (Albawaba.com)
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