Outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned that any military action against Iran would be "unwise and disastrous" and urged the Security Council to proceed cautiously.
Replying to a question about concern of another military operation there, Annan said that the Council should try and do whatever it can to get a negotiated settlement for the "sake of region and for the sake of the world."
But "I don't think we are there yet or we should go in that direction," he told the reporter who had apparently asked question in view of reports that the United States plans to strengthen its naval forces in and around Gulf beginning January next.
In this context, he said that the Security Council as also governments and people around the world should learn lesson from the military action against Iraq and draw right conclusions for the future actions.
Addressing his last press conference before he lays down his office on December 31, Annan, who has called American invasion of Iraq as illegal as it did not have the sanction of the Security Council, said it is important that the international community finds a way of stabilizing the country.
"I hope that when, next time, one is dealing with a broader threat to the international community, one will wait and seek the approval of the Security Council.
As I have said, a country has the right to defend itself but, when it's an issue of broader threat to the international community, it's only the Security Council that has that legitimacy to authorize action on that basis," he asserted.