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War on Terror: Tory leader calls for targeting of rogue states.

Byline: Jane Merrick

Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith yesterday stepped up pressure for the fight against terrorism to target 'rogue states' such as Iraq.

The Prime Minister last night insisted that the international campaign should concentrate on Afghanistan before any move was made against other potential terrorist targets around the world.

'We have not finished that action yet, and what is essential is that we complete it militarily, that we pursue the political and humanitarian lines as well, they are equally important,' he said.

But speaking in Washington, where Mr Duncan Smith has been meeting senior US government figures, the Tory leader said rogue states must be prepared to face a 'determined response' from the international community.

He also repeated his party's support for President Bush's controversial missile defence programme.

The events of September 11 had heightened the need for its development because the US and the UK were 'literally defenceless' against some forms of terrorism, the Tory leader said.

'Winning the war against terrorism requires us to fight it on all fronts,' Mr Duncan Smith told a conference on terrorism at the American Enterprise Institute.

'It means dealing with those rogue states that for too long have been able to get away with harbouring terrorists and using them for their own twisted purposes.

'A clear lesson is that the days of the safe havens are over - we are no longer prepared to tolerate your activities. That goes for Afghanistan, just as it should for other countries we know, and can show, are involved in international terrorism.

'Where these states are unwilling to take effective action against terrorism they must be prepared to face a determined response from the wider international community - and I hope that the United Kingdom will continue to be at the forefront of that response.'

Mr Duncan Smith said he agreed with President Bush that there could be no further justification for Iraq's failure to allow UN weapons inspectors back into the country.

'Proving one threat does not disprove another. And against many of these threats we are currently literally defenceless. That is particularly the case when it comes to ballistic missiles.

'Traditional methods of arms control will not solve the problem. Those countries like Iraq are the least likely to observe treaties.

'Preventative defence, seeking to bring these countries within the family of civilised nations, clearly has a part to play.'

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams was wrong when he told New Yorkers there was a difference between the September 11 atrocities and what had happened in Northern Ireland, Mr Duncan Smith added.


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