|Tuesday, July 08, 2003|
WASHINGTON — The White
House (search) acknowledged
Monday that President Bush's State of the Union
(search) address in January
was incorrect in stating that Iraq had recently sought
significant quantities of uranium in Africa.
The acknowledgment came as a British parliamentary
commission questioned the reliability of British intelligence
about Saddam Hussein's efforts to obtain weapons of mass
destruction in the run-up to the war in Iraq.
Bush said in his State of the
Union address that the British government had learned that
Saddam recently sought significant quantities of uranium in
The president's statement was
incorrect because it was based on forged documents from the
African nation of Niger, White House spokesman Ari
Fleischer (search) acknowledged.
A British parliamentary
committee concluded that Prime Minister Tony Blair's
government mishandled intelligence material on Iraqi
John Stanley, a Conservative
member of the committee, said so far no evidence has been
found in Iraq to substantiate four key claims, including that
Iraq was seeking uranium in Africa as part of an effort to
restart a nuclear weapons program.
The International Atomic
Energy Agency told the United Nations in March that the
information about uranium was based on forged