Monday, July 18, 2005

Iran lashes back at Rumsfeld over Israel bomb claim

Iran hit back at US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over his allegation that the Islamic republic could have been behind a suicide attack at a shopping mall in Israel.

"The declaration by Rumsfeld is aimed at trying to cover up the failure of the United States in the region," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said in a statement.

According to Asefi, at fault were "clumsy and ill thought out actions by the United States in its fight against terrorism," which had only resulted in "attacks and the deaths of innocent people".

"America's leaders see the world through Israeli eyes and cannot correctly analyse the global situation. You have to look for the centre of terrorism at the heart of the Zionist regime," the statement said.

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