STOCKHOLM: Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has said he now believed the US-led invasion of Iraq was motivated by oil.
"I did not think so at first. But the US is incredibly dependent on oil," Swedish news agency TT quoted Mr Blix as saying at a security seminar in Stockholm.
"They wanted to secure oil in case competition on the world market becomes too hard."
Mr Blix, who has become a vocal critic of US leaders since he retired from the UN last year, reportedly said another reason for the invasion was a need to move US troops from Saudi Arabia.
Competition over oil is creating tension between the US and China, Mr Blix said, suggesting nuclear power as a more environmentally friendly source of energy.
He defended the UN, despite recent scandals including allegations of corruption in the oil-for-food program for Iraq.
"The criticism is, in my view, a revenge from American political circles for the defeat over Iraq," Mr Blix was quoted as saying.
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