WASHINGTON, April 11 (Xinhua) -- The United States
remains ready to talk to Iran about improving security in Iraq, U.S. ambassador
to Iraq Ryan Crocker said here Friday.
Crocker denied speculation that the United States may
resort to military strike against Iran because of their long and acute
contradictions, including alleged Iran's involvement in insurgency in Iraq and
disputed Iran's nuclear program.
"No one is talking about a war with Iran," Crocker
It has been an international concern when President
George W. Bush and his top aides have warned time and again that the United
States will not rule out a military option against Iran.
The U.S. ambassador also urged Arab countries to make
more effort to help Iraq counterbalance Iran's influence.
Crocker told reporters that "If the Arabs are
concerned about Iranian influence and encroachments in Iraq ... They need to be
diplomatically involved there. They need to be economically involved. They need
to be working on development issues."
"They need to demonstrate to the Iraqis -- the
people, not just the government -- that the Arabs care what happens there and
want what happens there to be positive both for Iraq and for the region," he
The United States, which accuses Iran of providing
weapons and funds to the insurgents to fight against coalition forces in Iraq,
has held with Iran three rounds of talks over Iraq's security issue but failed
to reach any agreement.
More than 4,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed since
the war of Iraq broke out in March 2003. Iran denies U.S. accusations, saying
"the U.S. just wanted to find excuses for its failed policies in Iraq" and it
was the existence of U.S. forces made that war-torn country volatile.