Washington, London accuse; Hizbullah denies involvement in Iraq's explosions
Iraq-Iran, Politics, 10/7/2005
Britain on Thursday renewed by its prime minister Tony Blair accusations to Iran and Hizbullah that they are the source of a developed type of explosives used against the British forces in Iraq, though it confirmed that it did not have definite evidence on that.
In a statement, the Hizbullah party denied links to the current incidents in southern Iraq, and confirmed that the "British accusations are false to that the party is the source of the explosions which targeted the British occupation forces."
Meantime, the spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry Hamid Rida Asefi said that: Blair addressed accusations to Iraq because "they ( the British) failed in Iraq," and such accusations are a shame, stressing that "Iran is working for achieving security and stability in Iraq."
Blair said earlier in a joint press conference with the Iraqi President Jalal al-Talibani "it is clear that there are new explosives used not only against the British forces but also in other parts of Iraq. The special nature of these explosives lead us either to Iranian elements or to Hizbullah." He added these explosives "resemble" explosives used by the Iran-baked Hizbullah party, nevertheless: we can not be sure of that, so far."
For his part, al-Talibani said he is "very concerned over these accusations but there is still a need for more investigation in order to specify the source of the attacks in southern Iraq."
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