The documents revealed that London was confident that the allegations of Iraq’s possession of any weapons of mass destruction or long-range missiles, at least two years before its invasion, were false.
The BBC considered that these documents are the first of their kind that prove that the British Prime Minister, at the time, Tony Blair, knew that Iraq had no capabilities to possess prohibited weapons in accordance with United Nations resolutions issued before and after the withdrawal of the Iraqi army from Kuwait in February 1991, following Operation Desert Storm.
20 years after the beginning of the war, the documents confirm that the strict international sanctions imposed on Iraq after the liberation of Kuwait from the occupation of the Iraqi army in 1991, prevented Saddam Hussein from developing weapons that were not permitted.
The documents refer mainly to the effectiveness of British sanctions within a review conducted by the Blair administration in 2001 of the US-British policy on Iraq, and this review was agreed upon during the first visit of Blair to Washington after George Bush was elected as U.S. President.
The documents confirm that Britain offered the U.S. administration a new policy called ‘a contract with the Iraqi people’ aiming to obtain support, especially from the countries and people of the Arab region, for the US-British policy in dealing with Iraq.
“Without our containment policy, it was likely that Iraq would now possess a long-range missile capable of reaching Britain and Europe, as well as chemical, biological and nuclear warheads for such a weapon,” the review clearly confirmed, according to the documents.