U.S. ADVISER RICHARD PERLE WARNS SYRIA OVER IRAQI WEAPONS
LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) - Pentagon adviser Richard Perle, a key
architect of the U.S.-led drive to topple Saddam Hussein, said in remarks
published on Saturday Syria would be a possible military target if it was
found harbouring Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
In an interview with the International Herald Tribune newspaper, Perle said
that if such weapons were found on Syrian soil "I'm quite sure we would
have to respond to that."
"It would be an act of such foolishness on Syria's part," Perle said.
"Our first approach would be to demand that the Syrians terminate that
threat by turning over anything they have come to possess and failing that,
I don't think anyone would rule out the use of any of our full range of
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has accused Syria of transporting
military equipment to its neighbour Iraq and described its support for
Saddam's rule as a "hostile act."
Washington launched its invasion of Iraq three weeks ago to uncover and
destroy alleged weapons of mass destruction, including biological and
No firm evidence of such weapons has been found yet.
But Perle said he did not doubt Iraq possessed such weapons...