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Iranian daily: US worried about Iran-Iraq close relations

Tehran, Aug 14, IRNA-A morning paper said Sunday that establishment of close relations between Iran and Iraq has worried the US as it can no longer blame Tehran for creating tension in Iraq.

The English-language paper 'Iran Daily' referred in its editorial to the recent claims made by the US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who said weapons confiscated in Iraq were "clearly, unambiguously from Iran" and admonished Tehran for allowing the explosives to cross the border.

The paper added that Rumsfeld made the claim while commander of British-led forces in southeastern Iraq, Major General Jim Dutton, officially said "there exists no evidence about Iran smuggling weapons in the region."

Referring to the US Secretary of Defense as one of the American statesmen "known for making irresponsible remarks," the paper added that even American journalists "have had problems reflecting his comments that are more opinionated than factual."

The paper further noted that Rumsfeld's remarks showed once again "to what low levels Americans are willing to stoop for scoring points against rivals, including the use of lies, deception and slander.

"Today Iraqi officials and people have fully grasped that Iran is a reliable neighbor which can play an important role in promoting political stability, reconstruction and economic recovery," Iran Daily said.

Noting that Tehran and Baghdad "can establish meaningful bonds" by putting the dark era of Saddam Hussein's anti-Iran policies behind them, the paper said in conclusion "Rumsfeld is worried that stable, constructive ties between Iraq and Iran will prevent him from blaming Iran for the deteriorating Iraqi situation."

... Payvand News - 8/14/05 ... --

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