Iran, North Korea won't disarm unless compensated: Kadhafi
LONDON, March 3 (AFP) Mar 03, 2007
The West's failure to compensate Libya for abandoning its nuclear weapons programme is unlikely to prompt Iran and North Korea to do likewise, Libya's leader Moamer Kadhafi has told the BBC.
"Libya has not been properly compensated, so other countries, like Iran and North Korea, will not follow his lead," Kadhafi said in an interview published on the broadcaster's website.
"This should be a model to be followed, but Libya is disappointed because the promises given by America and Britain were not fulfilled... That destroyed the model... no-one is going to follow that model as a result."
Iran is widely suspected by the West of using what it claims is a programme to develop civilian nuclear power as a front for building atomic weapons.
North Korea claimed last year to have successfully tested a nuclear warhead, to widespread condemnation.
Iran is facing new United Nations sanctions after refusing to stop enriching uranium while questions remain whether North Korea still has a covert uranium programme, despite its recent pledge to cease all atomic-related activity.
Kadhafi -- for decades an international pariah because of his opposition to the West and alleged backing of terrorism -- pledged in 2003 to give up attempts to develop nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.
That led to a normalisation of ties with Britain, France and the United States.
But he told the BBC in Sebha, where on Friday he celebrated the 30th anniversary of Libya's Jamahiriyah, or State of the Masses political system, that there had been a lack of British, European Union or US investment since.
He said he thought it was still possible for Libya to work with the West for mutual benefit, but the lack of foreign cash did not mean his country would slip back into its old ways.
"Libya will never go back. I believe that the era of hostility and confrontation is behind us," he was quoted as saying.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.