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In a statement to the US Senate's foreign relations committee sitting to confirm her nomination as secretary of state, Rice mentioned Zimbabwe, along with Iran - whose president, Seyed Mohammad Khatami, came to Zimbabwe this week on a three-day state visit - North Korea, Cuba, Belarus and Burma as lagging behind as the world progresses towards "an era of liberty".
Rice's line-up of "outposts of tyranny" expands on George W Bush's "axis of evil" - Iran, North Korea and Iraq, which the US and its allies has since invaded and is currently battling to democratise