'Kuwait not to aid any military action against Iran'

Kuwait, which hosts thousands of U.S. troops, is deeply concerned about the prospect of war in the Gulf and warnings by Iran to impose shipping controls in the Strait of Hormuz if it is attacked.

'Kuwait not to aid any military action against Iran'
U.S.-allied Kuwait called on Iran and the West to resolve a conflict over Tehran's nuclear program peacefully.

Kuwait, which hosts thousands of U.S. troops, is deeply concerned about the prospect of war in the Gulf and warnings by Iran to impose shipping controls in the Strait of Hormuz if it is attacked. About 40 percent of global oil exports leave the Gulf via the waterway off Iran's southern coast.

"We hope things will not develop for the worse, and that the language of reason and dialogue between all parties prevails," Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah told daily al-Rai in an interview published on Tuesday.

"We think diplomacy is the best solution."

The Crown Prince, deputy to Kuwait's ruling emir, repeated previous Kuwaiti promises that the country from where 2003's U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was launched will not aid any military action against Iran.

"We are not a party in any possible conflict between Western countries and (our) friend the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said.

An air force drill staged by Israel in June sparked speculation about an assault on nuclear sites in Iran, which has vowed retaliatory steps at Israel as well as U.S. interests and military bases and shipping if it is attacked.

Tiny Kuwait, home to about one-tenth of global oil reserves, has relied mainly on the United States for its security since 1991's U.S.-led Gulf War ended Iraq's seven-month occupation.

Its Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Salem al-Sabah was quoted on Saturday as saying the nuclear dispute was undermining the interests of Gulf states sharing the Strait of Hormuz and raising insurance costs on shipping.

Reuters
Last Mod: 12 Ağustos 2008, 16:57
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