Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Iran tells U.S. to stop threatening Syria
"TEHRAN, April 16 (Reuters) - Iran's President Mohammad Khatami called on the United States on Wednesday to stop threatening Syria but said a U.S. military attack on Iraq's western neighbour was unlikely.
"Our advice to the Americans is to abandon such threats," Khatami told reporters after a cabinet meeting. "We reject U.S. threats and allegations about ourselves, and I think the same goes with Syria".
Toning down Washington's sharp rhetoric of late toward Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Tuesday there was "no war plan" to attack Syria or Iran despite the belief both countries are pursuing weapons of mass destruction.
Khatami argued that "Syria is different from Iraq," which U.S.-led forces invaded on March 20 in a war that has ended President Saddam Hussein's rule....."

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