|US assault on Iran means
NATO's end: German ruling party official |
Berlin, April 2, IRNA -- A top member of the ruling German Social
Democratic Party (SPD) here Wednesday warned the United States
against attacking the Islamic Republic of Iran, saying such a military
assault would spell the end of the NATO pact.
Social Democratic Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate state
Kurt Beck said Germany would have to cancel US air force overfly
rights in case of a war with Iran.
"There would be no more basis for cooperation," Beck was quoted
as saying on German television, stressing that such an action would
destroy the foundation of NATO.
The German official was referring to statements by US Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell who
threatened Iran and Syria with military actions for allegedly
interfering in the American-led war in Iraq.
Iran has rejected the baseless American accusations, saying it
is adhering to its official policy of "active neutrality" in the Iraq
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