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Iraq Calls on Iran to Face 'Common Enemy'

Monday, 11 February 2002 12:00 AM

Iraq and Iran, who were at war with each other from 1980-88, seem to be improving relations after U.S. President George W. Bush accused them, along with North Korea, of being an "axis of evil."

"What we are hearing from the Iranian leadership and its evaluation of the U.S. administration, which it calls the Great Satan, solidarity and joint action will have a larger role at least within the framework of confronting a joint enemy (United States)," Ramadan told United Press International.

He said Bush's statement "requires that both countries look with all seriousness into developing their capabilities to confront the common enemy."

Ramadan said Iraq was fully ready to confront any military strike that could be launched by the United States.

"Our leader, command, people and nation will face any unjust aggression with all faith and capability and the defeat will be the aggressors," he said, dismissing Washington's pretexts to justify its expected attack on Iraq. He added that, "Iraq is as far away from any links to terrorism as U.S. officials."

Ramadan said the United States knows Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction and "has destroyed all of them and there are documents proving that."

Asked about improved ties between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Ramadan said he preferred not to make hasty comments but as Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said, "We are giving priority to the inter-Arab relations in all fields, especially economy, without one single exception -- including Kuwait and Saudi Arabia."

He said attempts to get Iraq and Kuwait, which was invaded by Iraq in a move that set off the Gulf War, closer were continuing "and we believe it's not impossible to achieve this."

On a possible conflict between Iraq and the United Nations when the 11th phase of the oil-for-food program ends in May, he said: "We have a memorandum of understanding that we are applying in line with what we have agreed with the U.N. secretary general. We will not approve any change or addition to this memo in the future and Iraq will refuse anything that would harm its security and stability."

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