[April 22, 2006]

Bolton: Iran test of United Nations

(UPI Top Stories Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, believes the Iran nuclear program crisis is a crucial test for the world body.

Bolton addressed the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia on Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

If the Security Council can't deal with that threat, then you have to ask yourself what utility the Security Council would be in dealing with terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, Bolton said.

Earlier in the day, the ambassador met with the Inquirer editorial board. He suggested that the United Nations' ability to deal with Iran is linked to its ability to reform its operations and said both are hampered by anti-western sentiment.

You all need to come to New York for 30 days, be a part of my mission, and just listen to what goes on there, he told the Inquirer board.

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