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Kukan: renewed NATO rules out one-sided US intervention in Iran

THE NEW situation in NATO relations rules out a one-sided US intervention against Iran, Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan said, following the NATO summit in Brussels on February 22, the TASR news agency reported.

"It is thanks solely to the strengthened dialogue between the EU and the US," said Kukan.

Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, said following Tuesday's negotiations that he has "a strong feeling" US President George Bush is interested in proceeding collectively to solve problems.

"I'm absolutely sure that the US president himself prefers to solve problems peacefully, via diplomacy," stated Dzurinda.

However, Dzurinda questioned how much time diplomacy should be given before armed forces are deployed.

"Of course, dialogue is the best way, but how long do we have to wait? We should do everything possible to eliminate the threat without violence through political means," Dzurinda said.

According to Dzurinda it seems that the integrity of NATO, which was threatened by the invasion of Iraq, had been renewed.

Dzurinda is convinced that the threat of terrorism has been reduced following the US intervention in Iraq.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports

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