Iraq dismisses 'Bush plot' idea

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Iraq dismissed US and Kuwaiti allegations that it was involved in a plot to kill George Bush on a visit to Kuwait last month, saying the two countries were laying the groundwork for further aggression, Reuter reports from Amman.

'The sheikhs of Kuwait, in co- ordination with American intelligence, are plotting another deception to fool American public opinion in order to justify a new aggression on Iraq and tighten the economic siege imposed on it,' said the Iraqi Information Minister, Hamed Youssef al-Hummadi.

Kuwaiti authorities said they had uncovered a plan to assassinate Mr Bush during his visit last month. A senior US official said in Washington that the US had 'credible intelligence' that Baghdad was involved in the death plot.