Washington, D.C., June 4, 2007 - In a live interview during the Voice of America's June 3 Persian-language Roundtable With You television program, U.S. State Department official James Jeffrey told Iranian viewers that Iran is providing munitions to militant groups inside of Iraq.
"We are sure that Iran is providing explosive charges, very sophisticated ones, modern weapons including rockets and mortars, and other munitions to various groups inside of Iraq and potentially inside Afghanistan as well…the facts are that these shipments are continuing," Jeffrey said.
Jeffrey, who is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, appeared on the nightly, hour-long VOA program to discuss current U.S-Iranian relations.
On the four Iranian-Americans currently being detained in Iran, Jeffrey stated "These people are not spies…this charge is absurd. It is deeply troubling."
"We're not out for a regime change. We're out for a change in regime behavior," Jeffrey said, adding that the U.S. is not supporting any particular organization. "How Iranians inside and outside of Iran organize to promote freedom, to promote their democratic and political views is an affair for the Iranian people."
Reacting to a clip of Iranian President Ahmadinejad aired on Roundtable With You, Jeffrey commented that he (Ahmadinejad) does not take seriously the international community's will to stop Iran's nuclear program, and "its willingness to take whatever steps are necessary to stop this program. I underline 'to stop this program' and I underline 'whatever steps are necessary'."
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