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2/14/07

US accusations of Iranian arms supply to Iraq mere "lies": Defense Minister

Tehran, Feb 14, IRNA - US accusations of Iranian supply of arms and ammunition to Iraqi insurgents are nothing but lies, Iranian Minister of Defense Brigadier-General Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said on Wednesday.

Speaking to IRNA, the minister said the accusations are "part of the US blame game and psychological war on Iran to create discord among regional states."

The minister added that evidence presented by the US to prove Iran's involvement in the escalating violence in Iraq appear more "ridiculous than credible."

The US this week claimed it had evidence to show that "sophisticated Iran-built bombs had killed at least 170 US and allied soldiers in Iraq since June, 2004.

It claimed that Iranian-made weapons had made their way to Iraq and fueled the insurgency.

"Iran adheres strictly to its foreign policy of non-involvement in the internal affairs of other states and this is the reason why Tehran opposes the presence of US forces in Iraq and in the entire region," argued the minister.

Stressing that Iran and Iraq have a long history of relations and religious commonalties preceding the creation of the United States of America, Mohammad-Najjar said Iran is a friend and neighbor of Iraq and would do all within its power to help solve the crisis and establish security and peace in the war-torn country.

"Iran considers Iraq's security as its own as Iran is fully aware that insecurity in Iraq will work against Iran's national interests," the minister stressed.

He stressed that "withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and putting responsibility for maintaining security in the hands of Iraq's popular government will play a decisive role in halting the violence and insecurity in the country."

... Payvand News - 2/14/07 ... --



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