Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Iran strongly condemns killing of top Iraqi

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"Iran strongly condemned the killing of Ezzedine Salim, head of the interim Iraqi Governing Council in Baghdad, blaming the United States for failing to guarantee security.

'The US has failed to establish security in Iraq and the incendiary presence of the occupiers has led to insecurity and bloodshed in that country,' Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said.

He added: 'The occupiers' immediate pullout from Iraq and the hand-over of sovereignty to the Iraqis would pave the way for creation of a popular rule and a secure climate.'

Iran's embassy in Baghdad also condemned the killing, calling it a 'terrorist act.'"

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