British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programme is "active, detailed and growing."
In a statement to an emergency meeting of the House of Commons, he said: "The policy of containment is not working. The WMD programme is not shut down. It is up and running."
Blair, speaking to MPs on Tuesday shortly after he released a dossier alleging that Iraq has "military plans" for chemical and biological weapons, said the past 11 years showed "a history of U.N. will flouted, lies told by Saddam ... obstruction, defiance, and denial."
"The case for ensuring Iraqi disarmament, as the U.N. has stipulated, is overwhelming," Blair said.