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Former Ambassador to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick said the United States may not have been justified in this week's attack on Iran.

"I wish I knew whether that mine was aimed at us and not just there," Kirkpatrick said at a news conference Monday before addressing members of the Central Bancorp. Inc."Obviously, we don't want the (Persian) Gulf to be mined . . . (but) I think the confrontation is dangerous . . . and it's not in the interest of anybody," she said.

U.S. forces on Monday destroyed two of Iran's Persian Gulf oil platforms, sank or damaged four attack boats and disabled two frigates.

The attack was in retaliation for an incident last week in which a U.S. ship was damaged by a mine, injuring 10 crewmembers.

Kirkpatrick, who said she was "a little disturbed by current events," did say the United States should maintain a presence in the area.

"Obviously, the United States has a role, an interest in the Persian Gulf," she said. But "I personally think we should have kept a lower profile to send not 17 (ships) but three. It's very important to have a U.S. presence . . . in the gulf."

Kirkpatrick said she did not think the United States would go to war with Iran "because of the implications of a declared war . . . and because so many of our good friends sell arms to Iran."