UN's Blix hopes US learned a lesson in Iraq: About the need for multinational cooperation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hans Blix, the former chief U.N. weapons inspector, has been quoted as saying he hoped
Washington had learned its lesson in Iraq about the need for multinational cooperation.

Blix also told the Belgian daily De Morgen on Friday the United States could not simply choose to leave Iraq after
toppling Saddam Hussein.

"The United States is on the ground, they can't leave now. But...they don't have much experience in
reconstructing a country," said Blix, the former Swedish foreign minister who for 16 years headed the U.N. nuclear
watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"They will need the United Nations a great deal. I hope the Americans have learned their lesson and recognise
the need for cooperation.

"I don't really see them doing quite the same thing in Iran or North Korea very quickly. And you better believe that
when they show up with evidence again, we will scrutinise them very closely," he said.