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Keep out of Iraq, Blair tells Iran

Postby A Username » Sun Oct 09, 2005 3:14 pm

http://telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml? ... ortal.html
Telegraph | News | Keep out of Iraq, Blair tells Iran

By Anton La Guardia Diplomatic Editor and Alec Russell in Washington
(Filed: 07/10/2005)

Tony Blair warned Iran yesterday to stop meddling in Iraq, saying that Britain would not be intimidated by Iranian-linked roadside bombs that have killed eight soldiers.

Speaking a day after a senior British official said that Iran had given Sunni and Shia extremists advanced bomb-making technology, the Prime Minister said: "There are certain pieces of information that lead us back to Iran. But I am not saying any more than that; we cannot be sure of this."

However, he added: "I want to be very, very clear about this - the British forces are in Iraq under a United Nations mandate. There is no justification for Iran or any other country to interfere in Iraq.

"Neither will we be subjected to any intimidation in raising the necessary and right issues to do with the nuclear weapons obligations of Iran under the atomic energy agency treaty."

Mr Blair said the bombs used against coalition forces were "similar in nature" to those used by Hizbollah, an Iranian proxy in Lebanon.

President George W Bush accused Iran and Syria of backing Islamic terrorists and said that America saw no difference between terrorists and their sponsors.

"Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has chosen to be an enemy of civilisation and the civilised world must hold those regimes to account," he said.
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