IRAN - Feb. 10 - Tehran Denies Arms Shipment To Palestinians.
Appearing on Fox News, Deputy FM Zavad Zarif says: "I can tell
you categorically that all segments of the Iranian government and I mean
total government, not simply President Khatami's administration,
have had nothing to do with the sending of arms to Mr. Yasser Arafat or
to the Palestinians" (referring to the controversial arms shipment
seized by Israel in the Red Sea on Jan. 3 (see Rec. 1, Vol. 56) and
believed to have been heading to the PA. He says: "We have asked
the United States to provide any information that it has in order for us
to investigate but the US simply says that it has evidence". He
adds he does not think Washington has sent "any convincing evidence
to anybody". He says the charges are "totally fabricated"
and based on politically inspired intelligence.