Iran denies Saudi bomb connection
August 3, 1996
Web posted at: 12:00 p.m. EDT (1400 GMT)
(CNN) -- Iran released a statement Saturday strongly
denouncing claims by U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry
that Saudi Arabia might find an Iranian connection in the
June 25 bombing of a military housing complex that killed 19
"The prejudicial and irresponsible nature of these charges
and defamatory statements against Iran is crystal clear,"
said the statement issued by Iran's news agency.
Perry, in an interview Friday on National Public Radio,
said that the Saudi government was close to releasing the
results of its probe of the deadly bombing, and that he
believed Iran would be a leading suspect.
"They (Iran) are certainly the leading candidate for
international terrorism directed against the United States,"
But Perry also said in the interview that he would not
"come to a conclusion about that specific incident ... until
I get a report from the Saudi government."
The United States will take "strong action" if
there is compelling evidence that Iran or another country was
involved in the blast near Dhahran, Perry said. (244K AIFF or WAV sound)
The "general terms" of any retaliation have been outlined
to U.S. allies France and Britain, Perry said. Perry
would not specify what action the United States might
take against the country.
The truck bomb attack on the Khobar Towers compound near
Dhahran injured hundreds of other people in addition to those
Correspondent Jamie McIntyre and Reuters contributed to this report.