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 Post subject: Iran a test of UN effectiveness: PM
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Iran a test of UN effectiveness: PM
March 10, 2006


THE reaction of the UN to the nuclear crisis in Iran will be a test for the international body, Prime Minister John Howard says.

Mr Howard said those critical of the US, UK and Australian governments for invading Iraq would see for themselves how effective the UN was when it decided what action to take against Iran.

Ahead of a visit to Australia next week, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said Iran is the number one challenge for Washington and would be a major threat to US Middle East interests if it acquired atomic weapons.

Iran says its nuclear program is only for civilian use.

"This will be an interesting test of the United Nations," Mr Howard told Southern Cross Broadcasting.

"People who are critical of (US president) George Bush, and myself and (UK prime minister) Tony Blair and others because we didn't keep endlessly going back to the United Nations in 2003 now have an opportunity to see how effectively the United Nations will work.

"I am in favour of this matter going to the United Nations, I am in favour of the United Nations exercising all the influence it can to bring about a change in Iran and let's hope that it works."


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