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REGION: US Warns Iran against Destabilizing Iraq
The US State Department spokesman urged Iran to avoid actions that would counter the goal of stability and peaceful Iraq, as Iraqi defense minister accused the Islamic regime of funding and arming the insurgent militia fighting US forces in Shiite cities. August 11, 2004 - “Iran should use its influence” towards the goal of “a stable and peaceful Iraq,” US State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said on Tuesday. Iran should “not take any actions that would be destabilizing or otherwise contribute to elements that are not working for unity of Iraq,” he added.
Mr. Ereli’s comments followed repeated statements by Iraqi defense minister Hazem al-Shaalan accusing Iran interference in Iraq’s domestic affairs by infiltrating national and local institutions and by providing arms and funds to Iraqi Shiite insurgent cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s militia which is fighting US forces in Najaf, Karbala and Baghdad district of Sadr City.
Iranian-made weapons smuggled over the border have been found in Najaf, Shalaan said in an interview aired on Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV network. In an interview with the Washington Times last week Shalaan had characterized the Islamic regime as the Iraqi government’s “number one enemy”
“The US had expressed concern with regard to suggestions that Iran is not doing everything it can to help promote national reconciliation and stability in Iraq, but not to these specific charges,” Ereli said.
The Islamic authorities repeatedly have denied the charges, while in interviews with Iranian government’s news agency IRNA Iraqi officials, including vice president Ibrahim Jaffari, have refuted defense minister’s charges against Iran.