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Russia, Britain Agree On Iraqi Disarmament, Differ On Method - 2003-03-04


Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and British counterpart Jack Straw say their countries have the common goal of disarming Iraq, but differ on how it should be done.

Both men told a news conference on Tuesday after talks in London that their common goal is the elimination of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery. Mr. Straw said that Britain and Russia differ in their approach, but if they maintain intensive dialogue, he believes agreement is possible.

Mr. Ivanov said he was confident that disarmament could be done through international teamwork and unanimity on the United Nations Security Council.

Earlier Mr. Ivanov told British radio Russia will not support measures leading to war with Iraq and may use its United Nations veto if needed.

Mr. Ivanov said Russia will not abstain on a resolution concerning Iraq as it must take a clear position on the issue. He said Russia is working to achieve unanimity on the UN Security Council as the only way to find a solution to the Iraqi problem.

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