A leading British daily Monday called on the US to declare that it has no intention of attacking Iran or allow its surrogate Israel to repeat a similar strike as it did against Iraq's nuclear facilities in 1981, IRNA reported from London.
"Richard Armitage, deputy to Colin Powell at the State Department, last week said Washington had no plans for 'regime change' in Iran," the Financial Times said.
"It would be useful if that sort of message, expressed in rather more positive terms, now came from the top," it said in its editorial.
The paper was reflecting on Iran's clarification of its nuclear program following the progress made by the joint declaration with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany and urged the US to build up this progress.
One of the problems, it suggested, was that "hardliners in the Bush administration tend to the view that nothing Iran does will be sufficient so long as it remains an Islamic republic."
This view was "not so much a policy as an attitude" and the US needs to recognize, as European governments do, that "Iran has legitimate security concerns," the daily said.
It referred back to the US "meddling" in Iranian politics, including the Anglo-American-organized coup against the nationalist Mosaddeq government in 1953.
In the 1980s, the world condoned Iraq's invasion of Iran, and armed and financed Saddam Hussein as he rained rockets on its cities and chemical weapons on its troops, the Financial Times also said. The current situation was that "Tehran has watched as countries around it, Israel, India and Pakistan, developed nuclear weapons - and got away with it."
"Now, after the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Iran is almost encircled by the US. And hawks in Washington are making almost exactly the same accusations against Tehran as they did against Baghdad," the editorial said.
"Iran, in short, has good reason to feel threatened," it said, prescribing that the US needing to state publicly it has no intentions of attacking Iran.
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