Iran rules out BTC bombing

May 12, 2006 02:00 AM

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Alireza Attar has dismissed as groundless the reports that Iran might attack the US-backed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan main export pipeline that will take Caspian oil to European markets in the event of a US strike.
Western countries suspect Iran of seeking nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian atomic program, which Iran denies, saying its uranium enrichment activities are peaceful.

The US has not ruled out a strike on Iran. Earlier reports quoted the secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani as saying that Iran may start bombing the multi-billion dollar pipeline and other oilfields in the Caspian Sea if the United States uses Azeri territory to carry out military action against Iran.
Attar told that the publication of such reports is aimed at presenting his country as a source of threat for the region.

"This is a lie. This has not happened and will never happen. I am officially stating that these reports are false.”
“We are a brotherly nation to Azerbaijan," he said.

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