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US should not leave Iraq prematurely: Clinton

Clinton also warned that all options should be considered with Iran, which is resuming its nuclear programme.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 08:52 IST

Former US President Bill Clinton said on Saturday that US efforts to improve Iraq should not be abandoned and warned that all options for Iran must be considered.

Speaking to attendees at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, Clinton said the US, and its supporters, should not leave Iraq prematurely.

"We shouldn't just precipitously give this thing up and say it can't work," he said "If this thing works, it'll be a good thing for everbody in the Middle East. If it doesn't, it'll be trouble."

Clinton also warned that all options should be considered with Iran, which is resuming its nuclear programme, "including UN sanctions."

Clinton, who was president from 1993-2001, said climate change was the most pressing threat to civilisation.

It "has the power to end the march of civilisation as we know it," and could render everything else "irrelevant.

First Published: Jan 29, 2006 08:52 IST