Iran Refuses to Allow US Planes to Use Airspace
The Iranian government said Thursday it would refuse to allow the United States to use its airspace for any attack on neighboring Afghanistan.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will in no way allow the United States to attack Afghanistan using its airspace," said foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi, quoted on state television.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that Tehran, whose ties with Washington were severed two decades ago, "condemns any eventual military action in Afghanistan which would lead to a new human catastrophe."
Iran, home to more than one million Afghan refugees, is also concerned over a possible influx of refugees in case of US military strikes on Afghanistan in retaliation for last week's terror attacks in the United States -- TEHRAN (AFP)
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