U.S. Envoy Says Iran Is Arming Taliban

The Associated Press
Tuesday, June 12, 2007; 1:10 PM

PARIS -- A senior U.S. diplomat accused Iran on Tuesday of transferring weapons to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, where NATO forces are deployed to bring stability to the country.

Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, speaking to reporters in Paris, said Iran was funding insurrections across the Middle East _ and "Iran is now even transferring arms to the Taliban in Afghanistan." The comments marked the most direct accusation yet on the issue by a senior American official.

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