Sunday, November 28, 2004

Iran: Saudi Arabia has nuclear weapons - (United Press International)

Iran: Saudi Arabia has nuclear weapons - (United Press International): "Iran: Saudi Arabia has nuclear weapons

Teheran, Iran, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Iranian sources said the country has discovered Saudi Arabia has access to nuclear weapons and technology, the Middle East Newsline reported Sunday.

The sources said Saudi Arabia and Pakistan signed an agreement in 2003 that stated Pakistan would assist the Arab kingdom in the deployment of nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems.

Teheran University Professor Abu Mohammad Asgarkhani said in an address that Iran required a nuclear weapon following Pakistan and Saudi Arabia's acquisition of atomic weapons."

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International News Article | "Iran Says It's Ready to Help Iraq on Border Security
Sun Nov 28, 2004 10:00 AM ET

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said Sunday it was ready to co-operate with Iraq to stop militants crossing their mountainous 1,000-mile border to join the insurgency there.
Washington and some Iraqi officials have accused Iran of supplying Iraqi insurgents with money, arms and militants.

Deputy interior minister for security affairs, Ali Asghar Ahmadi, denied this and said Iran was willing to help the Iraqi government with technical expertise and equipment to stop cross-border infiltration.

"We are ready to train and equip Iraqi border-guards," he told a news conference.

Ahmadi said he did not rule out the possibility that some infiltrators might have illegally crossed into Iraq but that Iran had never encouraged it.

"As Iran has a long border with Iraq, some illegal crossings might have happened despite our tight security," he said. "Iran has never allowed any terrorist to cross into Iraq or to any other country. We will continue to do so."

He also said Iran would host a meeting of interior ministers from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Turkey and Saudi Arabia Tuesday that would emphasize the importance of Iraqi sovereignty and look at ways of helping it allay the ongoing insurgency.

"We have no intention of interfering in Iraq's state matters. Iraq's stability is necessary for Iran's security."

Some Iranian hard-line groups have campaigned to register volunteers prepared to carry out suicide attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq. But Ahmadi said the volunteers would not be allowed to cross Iran's borders.

"Such groups are illegal. Such measures will be strongly confronted by Iran," Ahmadi said."

Iran says it has never allowed terrorists to cross territory

Iran says it has never allowed terrorists to cross territory: "Iran says it has never allowed terrorists to cross territory
AFP: 11/28/2004
TEHRAN, Nov 28 (AFP) - Iran said Sunday that is has never allowed any terrorists to cross into Iraq from its territory and offered its help to restore security in its neighbour, including the training of police and border guards.

"Iran has never permitted the transit of terrorists to Iraq or any other country from its own territory," deputy interior minister Ali-Asghar Ahmadi told reporters two days before Iran is due to host a regional meeting on Iraq.

Iran has invited the interior ministers of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, Turkey and Egypt to the meeting here Tuesday.

"No leader of Al-Qaeda is in Iran," added the minister, responding to frequent allegations from the United States that Iran has supported or harboured members of the militant network.

The official also condemned the actions of an Iranian group that has been present at officially-organised events to enlist volunteers for suicide operations in Iraq, Israel and elsewhere.

"This is not legal," he said. "If the activity of these individuals stays theoretical, that is up to them, but if they move into action, we will prevent them. We cannot accept such things in Iran."

"The Islamic republic of Iran has never been and is not a place of activity for terrorist groups," he insisted, adding that Iraqi officials "have never shown proof of the crossing of terrorists from Iran".

"Iran is ready to help train Iraqi police and border guards and cooperate with Iraq to control the border," he added.

For his part, foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said the themes of the conference here would be "security, stabilisation and fighting terrorism."

"The Iraqi government has the basic responsibility to sort out its domestic situation. It is not enough to accuse others of infiltrating its borders. The main problem lies inside Iraq. It is the Iraqi government's responsibility to fight terrorism, although the neighbours should help," he added."