Iraq: we support Iran
We support Iran
Iraq Backs Iran On Nuclear Goal
Foreign Minister Stresses Peaceful Use
By Nelson Hernandez and Bassam Sebti
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, May 27, 2006; Page A17
BAGHDAD, May 26 -- Iraq's foreign minister said Friday that Iran had the right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful uses but that he hoped for a diplomatic solution to a crisis that has strained Iran's relations with the United States.
"We think there is a principle, which is that the Islamic Republic of Iran and other countries have the right to possess nuclear technology if it is for peaceful purposes," Hoshyar Zebari, the Iraqi foreign minister, said at a televised news conference in Baghdad with his visiting Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki.
At the same news conference, Mottaki said Iran had changed its stance on holding direct talks with the United States on the Iraq situation. "The American side tried to use this decision as propaganda, and they raised some other issues," he said. "They tried to create a negative atmosphere, and that's why the decision which was taken is suspended for the time being."
While trying to assuage fears that the United States and Iran are headed for war, Mottaki renewed Iranian vows that force would be met with force.
"The risk of a confrontation is minimal," Mottaki said, "but in the event that Americans attack Iran from anywhere, Iran will respond by attacking them in the place that we were attacked from."
A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman in Baghdad declined to comment on the foreign ministers' statements.
Jesus, how's that bringing democracy to Iraq going?
posted by Steve @ 1:04:00 AM