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5/30/06

Ultimately US has to talk with Iran, says Albright

London, May 30, IRNA-Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright Tuesday repeated her call for President George W Bush to engage with Iran over the dispute on its peaceful nuclear program.

"Ultimately the US should have bilateral talks with Iran to solve the situation," Albright said in an interview with BBC Radio Four's Today program.

Her renewed call comes as discussion between France, Germany, UK, Russia, China and the US have remained deadlock for the past three weeks over plans to extend an EU offer of incentives to Iran.

The US has reportedly been reluctant to provide security guarantees to Iran, but the former secretary of state under president Bill Clinton said that without having talks they were "unsure what Iran wants or we need" to do.

"The United States has to engage [with Iran]," she said, despite adding that she appreciated what the Europeans and the UN Security Council were trying to achieve.

Albright, who is in London to promote her new book, told a television's program on May 21 that little would be done "unless you hold face-to-face talks."

She also described that launching the Iraq war may prove to be "one of America`s worst foreign-policy mistakes ever" and that main problem of the invasion were the "unintended consequences."

In her book, 'The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs,' the former US secretary of state criticises the negative influence of the religious right in the US.

In her interview with Today, she expressed concern that, whereas most American presidents have been people of personal faith, Mr Bush "has made his [own] religious convictions."

"President Bush's certainty that he talked to God makes it difficult to test assumptions" in relations to the 9/11 attacks, Albright said.

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