War With Iraq Less Likely, Briton Says

From Associated Press

British Foreign Minister Jack Straw said Monday that war with Saddam Hussein has become less likely but warned that Iraq and other nations such as North Korea pose a continuing threat to peace.

Weekend reports quoted an unidentified government minister as saying the chance of war with Iraq had slipped from 60-40 to 40-60. In an interview with the BBC, Straw said that was "reasonably accurate" but that nothing specific had prompted the shift.

In a speech to British ambassadors Monday, Straw said that terrorists and states such as Iraq and North Korea could collude to wreak havoc.

"The most likely sources of technology and know-how for ... terrorist organizations are rogue regimes," he said. "North Korea typifies the unpredictable nature of the threats we face."

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