- The Washington Times - Friday, September 24, 2004

Daily Telegraph

Growing nuclear threats

LONDON — … The lack of progress within the six-nation forum discussing North Korea and the heightened confrontation between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), indicate that the two proliferators are playing for time diplomatically while pushing ahead with weapons development.

[On Sunday,] Iran rejected an IAEA resolution calling on it to stop activities relating to the enrichment of uranium and threatened to ban random checks by the agency were its case to be referred to the U.N. Security Council. Tehran said that if the council decided on sanctions it might follow North Korea and withdraw from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The clerically dominated regime … is daring the United Nations, and in particular, its most powerful member, the United States, to do its worst.

… The way forward will depend on whether [President] Bush or John Kerry wins the presidential election. Whoever prevails, America will be faced with a would-be nuclear Iran which supports terrorism, denies Israel’s right to exist and … would like to destroy the liberal democracies.

Such a power has to be contained, by negotiation, military intervention or the fomenting of an internal uprising. … Whatever the result on Nov. 2, Iran will be high on the next administration’s agenda.

Asahi Shimbun

Failure to find WMD in Iraq

TOKYO — In a blow against justification for the Iraq war, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell told a Senate committee that there was little likelihood that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

… The testimony by Mr. Powell at the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee must be an expression of the Bush administration’s intention to close this issue.

… But the contention that Iraq had WMD cannot be put behind us simply because the Saddam regime was overthrown.

We must remember that the United States cited the U.N. Security Council’s resolution that called for the abolition of Iraq’s WMD as the justification for invading that country. And it was Secretary of State Powell who, in February last year … ardently warned of an imminent Iraqi threat.

The United States invaded Iraq, after all, without a Security Council resolution that explicitly approved the war.

Countries that nonetheless supported the United States, including Japan, asked for the understanding of their peoples by contending that Iraq had WMD. It appears, however, that Iraq did not possess such weapons. …

As the United States argues, Saddam’s government was a … dictatorial regime. But this war is too costly for the United States and the world.

Daily Trust

The U.N.’s faltering clout

ABUJA, Nigeria — Last week, U.N. Secretary-General, Kofi Annan for the first time, described the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, as illegal, a fact that most people in the world have known since the buildup to that invasion was commenced in 2002. …

The problem of the U.N. system has largely been related to the near-monopoly power of the leading imperialist superpower, the United States, that has become arrogant, unilateralist and under the rule of the so-called neo-conservatives, has taken the path of trampling upon civilized norms of conduct of international relations.

The reality of a world system that has come under the control of a lone superpower has therefore rendered the U.N. system, with its tradition of multilateralism, very weak. This has made the world less safe than at any point since the end of the Cold War. …

It is, however, important for the different countries of the world, united within the international system of the United Nations, to regain their voices and begin to speak out against the illegalities that underscore the foreign policy of the United States. …

A more equitable U.N. Security Council should bring on board such countries as India, Japan, Brazil, Germany and Nigeria to reflect the realities of a complex world.

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