No new resolutions needed - Straw

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has given the Government's starkest warning yet that no further UN resolutions were needed before waging war on Iraq.

After three-and-a-half-hours of EU talks on the crisis he insisted there were no "fundamental" differences and that everyone was committed to the "single, overriding objective" of disarming Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction.

Mr Straw said the question of whether such disarmament could be achieved peacefully "is a matter for Saddam Hussein".

And, asked if the Government was committed to getting another UN resolution before taking military action, the Foreign Secretary replied: "In terms of mandate, resolution 1441 gives us the authority we need.

"But in terms of political desirability, we have always said we would prefer a second resolution."