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Ms Clark said she had apologised through diplomatic channels for any offence created by the comments, which she said were not intended to malign. ``I became aware that inference had been taken from that statement which was not intended.
And unless the matter was, in my judgement, put right by me, that wouldn't be a good thing to let linger,'' she told reporters. New Zealand's centre-left coalition Government opposes military action against Iraq.
It says the threshold for force has not been reached and action without United Nations backing sets a dangerous precedent.
New Zealand wants a free-trade pact with the U.S. but has ruled out support for the U.S. military action as a way of improving the chances of a deal. Ms Clark said last month the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq would not have gone ahead if the Democrat challenger, Al Gore, had beaten Mr. Bush in the 2000 presidential election. Reuters
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