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Attack against Iran impossible: EU sources

Brussels, Jan 18, IRNA -- European officials and analysts in Brussels firmly rule out any possibility that after attacking Iraq, the US might turn its guns against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The US administration of George Bush has lumped Iran, Iraq and North Korea as constituting an "axis of evil" raising some concern that other countries in the region might become targets of US aggression after the removal of Saddam Hussein.

"An attack against Iran? We don't even think of this. This is impossible," one EU source told IRNA.

"There is neither any reason nor any grounds for such an action. Iran has no weapons of mass destruction and it has no hands in the 11/9 attacks in the US. Moreover, unlike Iraq, Iran has not waged a war against its neighbors," added the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Another EU source pointed out that Iran's relations with the outside world, especially Europe, have improved and developed and, hence, world public opinion would never accept any attack on Iran.

Moreover, Iran has been playing a significant role in establishing peace and security in Afghanistan and European leaders are underlying Iran's pivotal role in achieving regional stability, analysts point out in Brussels.

The EU is currently engaged in a political dialogue and negotiations with Iran to sign a trade accord.

"We think that chances of a US attack against Iran are non- existent. Nobody in the world will accept it. There are no grounds for it," another EU source told IRNA.

Observers here opine that the most the Americans will do after the Iraqi crisis is to step up pressure on Iran by increasing propaganda against the Islamic Republic using anti-Iranian groups based in the West.

Furthermore, say analysts here, none of Iran's neighboring countries will consent to allow the Americans to use their bases to launch any aggression against the Islamic Republic.

"We think that Mr. Bush is himself realizing that putting Iran in the `axis of evil' was a big mistake. He should remove Iran from the axis," one EU source told IRNA.

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