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Friday, 21 September, 2001, 04:52 GMT 05:52 UK
Iran warns of anti-western backlash
As America prepares for possible action against Afghanistan, Iran has been in touch with several world powers, warning that an attack on the country could cause another human disaster, and trigger an anti-western backlash in the Muslim world.

Britain has emerged as a channel of communication between the United States and Iran.

The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, spoke shortly before arriving in the US of what he called a remarkable telephone conversation with the Iranian President, Mohammed Khatami.

He said Mr Khatami had strongly condemned the attacks on the US but had warned that one catastrophe should not be followed by another, and that more innocent people should not become victims. It's the first such personal contact between British and Iranian heads of government since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

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