US "arrogant", says former President Carter
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US "arrogant", says Carter
Washington - Former US president Jimmy Carter, this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, on Friday called US foreign policy "arrogant", saying the United States would do well to destroy its own weapons of mass destruction.
"One of the things that the United States government has not done is to try to comply with and enforce international efforts targeted to prohibit the arsenals of biological weapons that we ourselves have and others have and also to reduce and enforce the agreement to eliminate chemical weapons, and the same way with nuclear weapons," Carter said during a taping of Larry King Live, scheduled for broadcast later on Friday on CNN.
"The major powers need to set an example," he said, as the United States confronts Iraq over its alleged possession of these banned weapons.
Carter, who founded the Carter Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, 20 years ago, is to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10 for his efforts in seeking negotiated settlements to head off violent conflict.
Carter said the United States has given other nations reason for resentment.
"There is a sense that the United States has become too arrogant, too dominant, too self-centred, proud of our wealth, believing that we deserve to be the richest and most powerful and influential nation in the world," the 78-year-old Carter said.
US interests, too often based on oil or other resources, ignore many truly poor countries, while the United States is the stingiest contributor of foreign aid.
"For every time an American gives a dollar, a citizen of Norway gives $17," he said.
"Quite often the big countries that are responsible for the peace of the world set a very poor example for those who might hunger for the esteem or the power or the threats that they can develop from nuclear weapons themselves.
"I don't have any doubt that it's that kind of atmosphere that has led to the nuclearisation, you might say, of India and Pakistan," he said. - Sapa-AFP