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A day after the CIA interim director said there was no evidence to link the Islamic government authorities to September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, President Bush said the US will probe the facts. He urged Iran to abandon its “nuclear weapons program,” and return al-Qaeda leadership it “harbors” to their countries of origin. July 19, 2004 - "As to direct connections to September 11, we’re digging into the facts to determine if there was one,” US President George Bush said on Monday, responding to questions about possible links between Iran and the attacks on New York and Washington.
Newsweek reported on Saturday that a Senate commission investigating the September 11 attacks has found evidence that Iran had a history of allowing al-Qaeda members to enter and leave the country across the Afghan border, without stamping their passports. However, the report does not link the Islamic government authorities to the September 11 attacks, but says eight of the 9/11 hijackers entered US with “clean” passports, as a result of Iran’s cooperation.
President Bush accused Iran of harboring al-Qaeda leadership and repeated his administration’s charge that the Islamic government was hiding a nuclear weapons program. If Iran “wants to improve ties with the US, the president said, it must extradite al-Qaeda members to their home countries, and end its nuclear weapons program and stop supporting “terrorist groups such as Hezbollah.”
Iran said it has arrested al-Qaeda members and will soon put them on trial for crimes they committed in Iran.