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Schroeder vows "Iran will not be second Iraq"

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and leaders of the G8 industrial nations on Tuesday pledged that Iran will not be attacked over its alleged weapons of mass destruction, IRNA reported from Berlin.

"Iran will not be a second Iraq -- all agreed on that," DPA quoted Schroeder as saying during a news briefing at the conclusion of the three-day Group of Eight Summit in the French town of Evian.

Tehran has repeatedly rejected US accusations that it was neither producing nor stockpiling weapons of mass destruction.

European countries have distanced themselves from the latest hardline and hostile American stance towards the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Meanwhile, French President Jacques Chirac said the G8 was not concerned over Russia's nuclear cooperation with Iran.

"Our hope is that by diplomacy we will ensure that Iran accepts international controls," Chirac said.

The French leader underscored the fact that demands of the international community aimed at Tehran did not go beyond its commitment under the Non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Iran has stressed that its nuclear program is for solely peaceful purposes and has been cooperating with the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by opening its nuclear facilities for inspection.

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