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Diplomacy, not war on Iraq, forced Libya to give up nuclear quest: Blix

Contrary to recent US claims that its war on Iraq forced Libya to give up its nuclear weapons program, former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said that diplomacy should be given most of the credit. “I think the dialogue in Libya started before (the war),” Blix said, speaking in Stockholm at the first meeting of a new international commission on weapons of mass destruction, of which he is chairman. “If the Iraqi affair injected a concern in Libya and Iran and North Korea… I really don’t know,” he added. “One could (instead) say that the Libyan case shows that you can through diplomacy and through sanctions and through other means obtain a voluntary renunciation of weapons.” Full Story

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