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British foreign minister on the US UK relationship

We are focused on the diplomatic options and it's about preventing a non-nuclear Iran. That's why it's important for those of us to be vigilant on this issue. (Did you discuss the possibility of an armed intervention if Iran doesn't comply?) No, we're fully focused on making diplomacy work. (Do you believe every country has the right to nuclear power?) I believe Iran has a right to nuclear power. I think until a country undermines the confidence about the civilian nature of a nuclear program then it's reasonable for international cooperation to go ahead. (Is the relationship between Britain and the US a special one still today?) Yes, and it's got historical roots, but also shared values today and we have a lot to gain from working together. None of the big issues in the world today can be accomplished without US cooperation. The post-9/11 context typifies international cooperation. (Looking ahead to the US election, there are stark differences when it comes to the future in Iraq. How do you set about preparing for that?) Iraq needs continued improvement in security, political reconciliation and economic stability. Britain has a role in that, but we need to pursue those tracks. We want to work closely with the next American government, but it's also important to know there are a whole range of Europeans represented in Baghdad who are determined to play their part in the future of Iraq. (Why is Britain still in Iraq?) Iraq was a divisive issue, but I believe it is possible that despite the disagreements, we can come to agreements about the future in Iraq and our role. (What's your view of how the US has changed since you were here as a grad student in the 1990s?) I think America is the least cynical country in the world. I think this is a country that renews itself, economically and otherwise, and that's something the rest of the world could learn from.

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