Wednesday, July 21, 2004 - Noevidence that Iran had prior knowledge of the 9/11 plot but NeoCons Want War in Iran - AP World News: "Poor Relations With Iran Turning Worse

Iraq's Neighbors Begin Talks on Security

July 21, 2004, 5:18 AM EDT
WASHINGTON -- It sounds like an Iraq summer rerun: Weapons of mass destruction. Support for terrorism. Talk of U.N. Security Council action. Hints of a push for regime change. This time, however, the fuss is not over Iraq but about that country's next-door neighbor, Iran. Recent developments have been unsettling.

Iran's ruling mullahs recently announced resumption of activities that could lead to development of a uranium-based bomb, apparently violating commitments they made to three European countries last fall.

And now comes word that the bipartisan commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks has concluded that Iran gave al-Qaida hijackers safe passage through the country after training in Afghanistan.

A White House spokesman said Monday there was no evidence that Iran had prior knowledge of the 9/11 plot. The reported commission finding would appear to reinforce the administration's long-held view that Iran is the world's most active state sponsor of terror.

Amid the stepped up accusations, Iran has been projecting a benign image to the world. Rend al-Rahim Francke, Iraq's chief representative in Washington, told The Associated Press in an interview on Monday that Iran has played a positive role in the post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. She said Iranian authorities recently captured 200 Afghan fighters who were en route to Iraq.

Iran insists its nuclear program has nothing to do with weaponry but with meeting domestic electricity needs. The Bush administration is not buying it."


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