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Carter warns against war with Iran

Source: Press TV

Former US President Jimmy Carter has warned against a possible war with Iran and denounced the United States' involvement in unjust conflicts.

Carter, who served as US president from 1977 to 1981, made the remarks in a keynote address at a summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Chicago on Monday, AFP reported.

War is only just when it is a "last resort" after "every other possible peaceful resolution" is exhausted, when all efforts are made to protect civilians, when the purpose of the conflict is to make the situation better, not worse, when society in general agrees it is just, and when the level of violence is "proportional to the injury received," he said, adding, "That would obviously exclude our recent policy of preemptive war."

Carter said that while he is "not against conflict when necessary," the criteria for a just war are often not met.

He noted that the United States has been "almost constantly at war" over the past 60 years -- in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, El Salvador, Libya, Panama, Haiti, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other places, adding that most of those wars fail to meet the criteria for a just war and "some of them were completely unnecessary."

"And now we are contemplating going to war again, perhaps in Iran," said the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The US and Israel have repeatedly threatened Iran with the "option" of a military strike, based on the allegation that Iran's nuclear activities may have a covert military aspect.

They have also used this allegation as a pretext to sway the UN Security Council to impose four rounds of sanctions on Iran.

Iran has categorically refuted the allegations, saying that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to acquire and develop nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes.

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