Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Arab League's Moussa warns U.S. against Iran attack

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - The threat of a U.S. attack on Iran is very serious and would risk spreading sectarian violence throughout the Middle East, Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said on Wednesday.

"It's a 50/50 proposition, and we hope that it won't happen. Attacking Iran would be counterproductive," Moussa told Reuters at the World Economic Forum.

U.S. President George Bush in his State of the Union address on Tuesday spoke of an "escalating danger" from Shi'ite extremists, many taking direction from Iran. Bush called them just as dangerous to the United States as al Qaeda.

Moussa advocated dialogue rather than military action to resolve both Iraq and U.S.-Iranian tensions.

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