AMMAN, JORDAN, OCT. 9 -- Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, joining leaders around the Arab world in denouncing Monday's violence in Jerusalem, warned today that Iraq has a new missile capable of striking targets well within Israel "when the time of reckoning comes."

Saddam's statement, read on Iraqi television by an announcer, appeared calculated to capture a surge of Arab anger against Israel and strengthen his claim to the role of champion of the Palestinian cause by linking it to the military and diplomatic standoff created by Iraq's Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait.

The Iraqi leader said he has named the new missile the Hijara, or Stone, a reference to the weapons used by young Palestinians in the Israeli-occuped West Bank and Gaza. He said the missiles, like the stones thrown Monday at Jews praying at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, would "reach the targets of evil."

Nineteen Palestinian rock throwers and demonstrators were killed by Israeli police, and about 140 Palestinians and 28 Jews were injured.

Saddam has warned before that his arsenal includes missiles capable of hitting Israeli targets. Western defense experts have said Iraq's armed forces possess ground-to-ground missiles, referred to by Baghdad as the Abbas and the Hussein, that are extended-range versions of the Soviet-made Scud-B and could reach Israeli territory from launch sites in western Iraq.

In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman said, "We have no information of a new long-range Iraq missile," Washington Post staff writer Molly Moore reported. The spokesman said U.S. officials say Saddam could be applying a new name to an old missile or referring to a rocket designed to launch space vehicles.

U.S. officials have said Iraq has three versions of its Scud-B ballistic missile with ranges between about 180 and 540 miles. Israel and Iraq are about 200 miles apart.

While the Scud-B theoretically may be armed with chemical or biological weapons, U.S. officials have said they have seen no evidence that the missiles have been tested successfully with any such weapons.

Last December, Iraq test-fired its Tammuz missile, a three-stage rocket ostensibly designed to lift satellites into lower orbit, Don Kerr, a weapons analyst at London's International Institute for Strategic Studies, told the Associated Press. "The thing to remember about a firework that will put a satellite into orbit is that it will send a warhead much farther than a few hundred (miles) on the flat," he said.

Saddam's renewed claims of his missiles' capacity and range seemed designed to dramatize the connection he repeatedly has tried to draw between the Arab world's struggle against Israel and his own struggle against the U.S.-led multinational force arrayed against him in and around Saudi Arabia. In an Aug. 12 proposal for negotiations, Saddam said his takeover of Kuwait could be discussed only if the Israeli occupation of Arab lands and the Syrian presence in Lebanon also are on the table.

"This crime {in Jerusalem} confirms the importance of President Saddam Hussein's Aug. 12 initiative which links comprehensively the {Persian} gulf crisis to the Palestinian question and other conflicts in the area," said a statement to the Reuter news agency from Saad Qasem Hammoudi, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry's Arab department head.

The clash in Jerusalem touched nerves throughout the Arab world because it involved the Al Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques in the Haram Sharif, Islam's third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

"You have no choice but to leave the lands of Palestine and Moslem shrines," Saddam said, addressing Israelis. "The armies of America and its allies have no choice by the leave the holy sites of Arabs and Moslems" in Saudi Arabia, he said.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria all issued strong condemnations of the killings in Jerusalem, as they have following similar incidents in the past, but they made no mention of Iraq's attempt to draw connections with the gulf crisis.

A statement from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's office accused Israel of "brutal repressing" of the Palestinians and claimed that Israeli police "surpassed all limits" in shooting stone-throwing youths.

Saudi Arabia's official news agency called the shootings "a brutal and savage attack" that "aimed at violating the sanctity of the Al Aqsa Mosque and was an attempt to obliterate the Palestinian identity."

Syria declared in the official newspaper al-Thawra that Israel provoked the clash in an attempt to drive Palestinians from the occupied territories while the world's attention is focused on the Persian Gulf.

Commentators and demonstrating Palestinian youths in Amman, Jordan's capital, repeatedly said the killings should force the West to recognize that Israeli occupation of Arab lands is as pressing an item on the international agenda as Iraqi occupation of Kuwait. About 500 youths denounced the killings in a demonstration near the Amman headquarters of the United Nations.

Other Palestinians burned Israeli and American flags and threw stones in refugee camps near the city. Riot police prevented demonstrators from approaching the U.S. Embassy.

Elsewhere in the gulf region, U.S. military teams Monday morning diverted an Iraqi merchant ship in the northern Red Sea loaded with seven tons of rice and flour and 50 gallons of cooking oil as it steamed for the Iraqi port of Basra in apparent violation of a U.N. trade embargo against Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Pete Williams said today.

When the ship, the Tadmur, refused to stop, teams composed of Americans, British and Australians boarded the vessel from helicopters and small boats, Williams said.

The boarding teams left the ship at dark Monday night, but reboarded Tuesday morning to ensure that it was taken to a "non-prohibited port," Williams said.

News services reported the following from Washington:

A U.S.-chartered plane carrying about 400 Americans and their dependents will leave Iraq on Wednesday, the State Department said Tuesday.

The plane will fly from Basra to London and passengers will be brought from there to the United States, spokesman Margaret Tutwiler said. The U.S. Embassy was making arrangements to fly Americans from Kuwait to Basra to catch the flight.

The flight is the first of its kind since Sept. 22. As before, only women and children and Americans of Arab ancestry will be permitted to leave.