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Iran Denies Ahmad Chalabi Spied on Its Behalf

VOA News

Iran has denied accusations made by some U.S. officials that Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi passed secret information to the Iranian government.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Sunday in Tehran that his country has not received classified information from any council member. He says American officials making such claims aim to divert attention from problems inside Iraq.

Mr. Asefi said Tehran has had ongoing talks with Mr. Chalabi and other Iraqi Governing Council members about various issues, but insisted that charges of spying on its behalf are baseless.

In appearances on U.S. television talk shows, Mr. Chalabi denied the charge, saying he does not have access to classified U.S. information.

Iraqi police and U.S. troops raided Mr. Chalabi's home and office Thursday, seizing boxes of documents.

The Iranian spokesman also said his government has sent a formal warning message to the United States about its actions in Iraq. He did not say what was contained in the warning sent through the Swiss embassy in Tehran. However, officials and religious leaders in mainly Shi'ite Iran have expressed outrage over U.S. military actions in Iraq's Shi'ite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.

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