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US should curb fantasies against Iran, says UK minister

Leader of the House of Commons Peter Hain cautioned Prime Minister Tony Blair Friday not to support American neo-Conservatives in future pre-emptive wars against such countries as Iran, IRNA reported from London.

"I don`t know anybody serious in government who thinks we can replicate Syria or Iran or North Korea with what happened in Iraq," Hain said.

In an interview with the New Statesman magazine, the British cabinet minister suggested that Blair "should be somewhat wary of the voices whispering into the ear of George W. Bush."

"If some of the wilder exponents, some of the extremists, were to be curbed in terms of their axis-of-evil type of fantasies, that would be a good thing," he said.

Hain`s warning coincided with two of Blair`s former cabinet ministers, Alan Milburn and Stephen Byers cautioning the Prime Minister of his dangerously close relations with Bush and advising him to a more traditional Labour agenda.

Milburn, who resigned as Health Secretary in June, said in an article for the Guardian, that the government had defined what it is against and must now define exactly what it is for.

In a similar piece in The Independent, Byers warns that the Prime Minister must "regain momentum," saying that the Labour Party under Blair was "entering its third, potentially most difficult phase" as it tries to renew itself while in office.

... Payvand News - 9/27/03 ... --

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