British and American intelligence and special forces have been put on alert for a conflict with Iran within the next 12 months, as fears grow that Tehran is building a nuclear weapons programme.Iran 'actively developing nuclear bomb' says Rumsfeld (The Guardian, 12 June 2003) Rumsfeld: Iran Is Building Nuclear Weapons (NewsMax.com, 12 June 2003) Rumsfeld Says Iran Is Developing Nuclear Arms Under Guise of Civilian Program (New York Times, 12 June 2003) Bush dismisses reports of Iran attack (UPI, 30 May 2003) Iran: Tehran Ready To Accept Full IAEA Inspections Under Certain Conditions (Radio Free Europe, 30 May 2003) U.S. Split Over How Hard to Push Against Iran (Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2003) Next stop Tehran? With Iraq beaten, the US is now playing the same dangerous WMD game with Iran (The Guardian, 27 May 2003) Downer's call to Iran: crack down on terror (Sunday Morning Herald, 26 May 2003) Pentagon sets sights on a new Tehran regime: UK and state department reject blunt approach (The Guardian, 24 May 2003) U.S. Eyes Pressing Uprising in Iran: Terrorists in Iran Suspected of Role In Riyadh Blasts (Washington Post, 25 May 2003) Bush weighs effort to undermine Iranian leadership (Knight-Ridder, 22 May 2003) Iran A Safe Haven For Al Qaeda? (CBS News, 16 May 2003) New Front Sets Sights On Toppling Iran Regime (Forward News, 16 May 2003) U.S. investigating whether Saudi Arabia bombings were planned in Iran (Knight-Ridder Newspapers, 14 May 2003) Bush targets Iran (The Globe and Mail, 9 May 2003) US moves on Iran (AP, 9 May 2003) US persuades Russia of Iran's nuke program (The Russia Journal, 6 May 2003) U.S. Says Iran Failing to Clear Up Nuclear Concerns (Reuters, 6 May 2003) Bush warns Tehran to keep out of Iraq's Shia strongholds (Independent.co.uk, 24 April 2003) U.S. Warns Against Iranian Interference in Iraq (Reuters, 23 April 2003) Iran Is Said to Send Agents Into Southern Iraq (New York Times, 23 April 2003) Iraqis Storm Embassy in Tehran, but Still Hate U.S. (Reuters, 11 April 2003)
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iraqis stormed their embassy in the Iranian capital on Friday, tearing down photographs of Saddam Hussein but also chanting "Death to America."
Iran's supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei welcomed the overthrow of the Iraqi leader by U.S. troops but urged them to quit Iraq immediately.
"You toppled Saddam, so now leave," he said in a sermon at Friday prayers attended by tens of thousands of worshippers.U.S. Tells Iran, Syria, N. Korea 'Learn from Iraq' (Reuters, 9 April 2003)
"With respect to the issue of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the post-conflict period, we are hopeful that a number of regimes will draw the appropriate lesson from Iraq that the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction is not in their national interest," Bolton told a news conference.Blair Condemns U.S. Threats To Syria, Iran (IslamOnline.net, 3 April 2003) Straw: UK will not attack Syria or Iran (The Guardian, 2 April 2003) Powell flies out with a post-war warning for Syria and Iran (Independent.co.uk, 01 April 2003) After Iraq, Bush to halt Iran nuke program (Knight Ridder, 31 March 2003) Powell warns Syria and Iran: US Secretary of State Colin Powell has issued a fresh warning to Iraq's neighbours, Syria and Iran, to stop supporting terrorism. (BBC News, 31 March 2003) Royal Marines line up on Iranian border (Telegraph.co.uk, 26 March 2003) Iran to be US next target: CIA Report (PakTribune, 24 March 2003) Rockets Hit Iran, US, UK Jets Enter Airspace-IRNA (Reuters, 22 March 2003) Iran Oil Depot Hit by Rocket, Iran Warns U.S., UK (Reuters, 21 March 2003) Iran poses third nuclear threat to US: Tehran uses Washington's preoccupation with Iraq and North Korea to rattle its own sabre (The Guardian, 11 February 2003)
Sharon referred to the need for "the free world" to take "all necessary steps" against a laundry list of countries: "One of the things I mentioned is that the free world should take all the necessary steps to prevent irresponsible countries from having weapons of mass destruction: Iran, Iraq of course, and Libya is working on a nuclear weapon."
"Arrogance has drawn the bullying West into disgrace," the official IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei as saying, "and the president of a country which claims to support human rights and freedom speaks the same language to the people of the world as Hitler used."Iran President Condemns 'Angry' US Foreign Policy in Kabul Visit (AP, 13 August 2002) Thousands Rally Against US in Iran as More Innocent Afghans Killed (Agence France Presse, 11 February 2002)
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