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Brazil to U.S.: Get U.N. Approval

September 11, 2002

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BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) _ Brazil will not support a United States attack on Iraq without prior approval from the United Nations Security Council, a top diplomat said Tuesday.

Antonio Jose Vallim Guerreiro, general director of international organs for Brazil’s foreign ministry told reporters Brazil has always considered a possible attack on Iraq as prejudicial to the international community and to his country.

``The use of force is only justified if there is a UN Security Council decision or in the act of self-defense,″ Guerreiro said.

He added that until now, Brazil has seen no proof that Iraq posses weapons of mass destruction.

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