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(CNN) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that weapons of mass destruction may never be found in Iraq, but he insisted former leader Saddam Hussein had posed a threat to "the wider world."

"We know that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and we know that we haven't found them," Blair told a committee of British lawmakers Tuesday.

"I have to accept we have not found them, that we may not find them.

"But what I wouldn't accept is that [Saddam] was not a threat and a threat in WMD terms."

Blair and President Bush used Iraq's alleged weapons program as a main reason for invading the country.

So far the Iraq Survey Group, which is in charge of the hunt for illicit weapons, has yet to turn up any stockpiles.

The British leader said evidence uncovered by the group showed that Saddam had the "strategic capability" and intent to use such weapons.

"Whether they were hidden or removed or destroyed even, the plain fact is that he was in breach of United Nations resolutions," Blair said.

Before the war, Blair stated that Iraq was a "serious and current" threat and that it had continued to produce chemical and biological weapons.


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