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Blix: Attack on Iran, 'colossal tragedy'

Report by Press TV

Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix says a US attack on the Islamic Republic would be a 'colossal tragedy' for the entire region.

In an interview with Al Jazeera's 'Inside Iraq', Blix said that Iraq's alleged Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) became one of the 'ostensible reasons' for the US-led invasion of the country in 2003.

The Swedish politician, who led the hunt for Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, warned that the same pretext is most likely to be used against Iran.

"I hope that they (Washington echelons) are aware that going at Iran with weapons would be a colossal tragedy and danger to the entire region," said Blix.

Blix, who is widely considered as one of the vocal critics of Washington's invasion of Iraq in 2003, criticized US double standards against Iran, and stressed that Tehran's nuclear issue can only be resolved through security guarantees by the US and an offer of diplomatic relations.

"The US is offering that (security guarantees and diplomatic relations) to North Korea, I do not understand why the same thing is not offered to Iran," he said.

The US and its allies accuse Iran of developing nuclear arms. Tehran, however, says its nuclear drive is only aimed at civilian purposes, including generating electricity to meet the country's growing energy demands.

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