Iran denies shelling northern Iraq

Iran on Monday categorically denied shelling Kurdish areas in northern Iraq, the Iranian deputy foreign minister said Monday.

Iran denies shelling northern Iraq
Iran on Monday categorically denied shelling Kurdish areas in northern Iraq, the Iranian deputy foreign minister said Monday.

"We categorically deny the charges over shelling northern Iraq and have already officially replied to the charges," Mehdi Mostafavi told state news agency IRNA.

Iraqi Kurdish officials had charged Iran with continued shelling of border areas in northern Iraq, targeting the bases of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Party for Freedom and Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) from Iran.

While reiterating Tehran's "excellent ties" with Iraq, Mostafavi reminded that the two states have a joint border committee "to fight armed groups which are active against the interests of Iran, Iraq and Turkey."

He did not mention the groups by name, but Mostafavi was referring to PKK and PJAK.

"The old and new border problems should be settled within the joint border committee," Mostafavi said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said last month that Iran was hunting terrorists and weapons smugglers in northern Iraq who were responsible for the killing of a large number of Iranian border soldiers and for the illegal transfer of weapons into Iran.

DPA
Last Mod: 03 Eylül 2007, 18:54
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