President Saddam Hussein has accused US presidential candidate George W. Bush of seeking to control the oil resources of the Gulf Arab monarchies, newspapers reported on Wednesday.
Washington was using scare tactics and pledges of US protection, he charged.
"America continues to arouse fear among the Gulf leaders so as to beat them on the back with a stick and dictate their oil output, and at what price to sell oil, and at what price to buy US products," he said.
Saddam said that Bush, son of the former US president who led a coalition against Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War, would "not allow the Gulf countries to use their oil freely because they (the Americans) are providing their security".
"What are they protecting them from? From whom is the son of Bush protecting the Gulf countries?" asked the president, whose occupation forces were evicted from Kuwait in the Gulf conflict.
He also charged that Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were using their financial muscle to prolong UN sanctions against Iraq. "It is Arabs who are imposing the embargo," in force ever since Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, he said.
"It is Kuwaiti and Saudi funds, it's the Saudi king and the sheikh of Kuwait, in connivance with some other Arabs, who are imposing the embargo and not America," the Iraqi leader said. – (AFP)
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