From: Steve Wagner <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

Subject: * Iran, Iraq accuse Bush of war mongering *


The following is a news item posted on CBC NEWS ONLINE

WebPosted Wed Jan 30 21:02:13 2002

CAIRO, EGYPT--Several countries - particularly Iran and Iraq -
reacted with anger and dismay Wednesday to U.S. President George W.
Bush's characterization of Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an "axis of
evil" in his state of the union address.

 North Korea has not officially responded. But Iran and Iraq Wednesday
lashed out at Bush's accusations. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami
said the comments amount to war mongering, and in Iraq - which
Washington has hinted could be the next target in its war on
terrorism - Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said the statements were
both improper and incorrect.

 Relations between Tehran and Washington seemed to ease after Sept.
11, when Iran denounced the terrorist attacks. But the relationship
between the two countries has become frostier in the past two months,
since Bush accused Tehran of trying to undermine Afghanistan's new

 Washington has also accused Iran of complicity in an attempt to
smuggle a shipload of weapons to Palestinians in Israel earlier this

 The state of the union address also hit a nerve in Russia, where the
chair of the foreign relations committee suggested the remarks were
too harsh. Dmitry Rogozin said Bush's tone was reminiscent of World War
II, when Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan were referred to as axis powers.
He said the comments were a signal that the Bush administration is
leaning even further to the right.

 South Koreans were rankled by Bush's description of their northern
neighbour. They say relations between the U.S. and North Korea must
improve if there is to be any hope of unifying the two countries - a
development that both Washington and Seoul have been working toward.

 In Malaysia and the Philippines, which have large Moslem
populations, leaders were also disturbed by Bush's suggestion that
countries must root out terrorists, or the U.S. will do it for them.
Philippine Justice Secretary Hernando Perez and Malaysian opposition
leader Nasharudin Mat Isa said Bush's comments amount to threats.
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