Chances of Iran war "very low" - US Defense Secretary

Other News Materials 14 April 2008 01:15 (UTC +04:00)
Chances of   Iran war "very low" - US Defense Secretary

( Presstv ) - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates says there is only a slight chance that Washington 'stumbles' into a confrontation with Iran.

Gates described the possibility of going to war with Iran as 'very low', but renewed allegations against the country, accusing Tehran of supporting 'Iraqi militants'.

"We are concerned about their activities in the south. We are concerned about the weapons that they are sending in - that they continue to send in to Iraq," he claimed on CBS television.

"But I think that the process that's underway is, as I said, headed in the right direction," Gates added.

Gates remarks follow predictions by former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski who had warned that a continued US involvement in the Iraq war would inevitably result in a 'head-on conflict with Iran'.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly rejected allegations of supporting insurgency in Iraq, affirming that the entire region would benefit from a secure Iraq.

Washington's ramped-up rhetoric against the Islamic Republic has raised the alarm over the hawkish administration's plans. Observers fear that such rhetoric signals the possibility of another US war in the region.