Former US president Jimmy Carter has said that there is no current danger to the United States from Iraq, a country that US President George W. Bush has labeled as part of "axis of evil".
"As has been emphasized vigorously by foreign allies and by responsible leaders of former administrations and incumbent office-holders, there is no current danger to the United States from Baghdad," Cater said in a signed article published by the Washington Post on Thursday.
He also expressed his disagreement with the US go-it-alone policy and stressed the need for the United Nations to force unrestricted inspection in Iraq.
"We cannot ignore the development of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, but a unilateral war with Iraq is not the answer", Carter said. "There is an urgent need for UN action to force unrestricted inspections in Iraq."
Over the past months, the Bush administration has vowed to take military actions, even without support from its major allies, to topple the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, whose country the United States says is developing lethal weapons that has posed threat to the America.
The go-it-alone policy has not only courted strong opposition worldwide including its allies and Arab nations, but also triggered off fierce debates in the United States, especially in the Bush administration.
In the article, Carter also criticized the administration for "disavowing US commitments to laboriously negotiated international accords".
"These unilateral acts and assertions increasingly isolate the United States from the very nations needed to join in combating terrorism," he said.