Kuwait speaker says U.S. provocative toward Iran
KUWAIT, July 14 (Reuters) - The United States and other Western countries are
dealing in a provocative way with Iran
over its nuclear programme and should respect its
parliament speaker said.
The United States has
refused to rule out military action if Iran continues with attempts to enrich
uranium, which Washington suspects is aimed at making an atomic bomb but the
Islamic Republic says is peaceful.
said the West was using double standards in the dispute by trying to stop Iran's nuclear programme
while saying nothing about Israel,
which is widely believed to posses the Middle East's
only nuclear arsenal. The Jewish state neither confirms nor denies possessing
"I think what is
happening with regard to the Iranian nuclear file involves a lot of exaggeration...
and the method was provocative,"
state news agency KUNA quoted Kharafi as saying late on Sunday.
"The country has its
status and strategy in the region and should not be threatened in the way which
we saw," he added.
Sunni Muslim-ruled Kuwait, a staunch U.S.
ally, is home to thousands of U.S.
Kuwaiti officials rarely criticise the United States, which led a
multi-national coalition to end the 1990-91 Iraqi occupation of the Gulf Arab
"Such a sensitive issue
requires the language of dialogue, not escalation...It is necessary to respect Iran's sovereignty because a resolution will not
be reached by treating it like a U.S. state," he said.