Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Shevardnadze criticizes US policy

January 11, 2008

Former Georgian president has warned that faulty US policy could lead to a second cold war in the world, a Japanese newspaper reports.

The only successful US foreign policy since the collapse of the USSR has been to topple former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, Edward Shevardnadze said in an interview with the Asahi newspaper published on Friday.

Shevardnadze also blasted US pressure on Iran for its nuclear program.

Putting unjustifiable pressure on a country in which there have not been found any evidence of nuclear weapons program is unacceptable, the former Soviet foreign minister noted.

Washington wants to build a radar system in the Czech Brdy military district, 65 km southwest of Prague, as well as a base with 10 interceptor missiles in Poland within the missile defense shield program.

Shevardnadze said Russia was right to strongly oppose the deployment of anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. He added Russia and other European states believe the plan is a threat to their national security.

More on this issue:

IAEA's ElBaradei arrives in Teheran
Iran praises ElBaradei's trip
Top cleric: Close Iran nuclear case
IAEO: Iran's N-issue back on track
US Republicans leap to show resolve against Iran

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