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Iran standoff interesting test for UN: Aussie PM

People who were critical of George Bush, Tony Blair, myself now have an opportunity to see how effectively the UN will work.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 09:55 IST
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Australian Prime Minister John Howard has said that Iran's nuclear standoff would be an interesting and important test for the United Nations to show the world what it can do.

"People who were critical of George Bush, Tony Blair, myself and others over Iraq because we didn't endlessly keep going back to the UN in 2003 now have an opportunity to see how effectively the United Nations will work," he said in an interview to an Australian radio station.

Australia is one of the countries that ignored the UN to join the US-led war in Iraq.

Howard, who alongside George W Bush and Tony Blair committed forces to the Iraq war, said he supported the UN Security Council's decision to intervene on Iran.

The US says Iran is now its number one challenge, but says it has no plans to go to war in Iran, Howard added.

"I'm in favour of this matter going to the UN. I'm in favour of the UN exercising all the influence it can to bring about a change in Iran, and let's hope that it works," he said.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 09:55 IST