The United States said on Tuesday that the arrests of suspected al Qaeda members in Iran fell short of meeting U.S. demands for a crackdown. The U.S. reaction came as the Bush administration put off a senior-level meeting on Iran policy and Secretary of State Colin Powell said contacts with Iran would continue, despite a push that other sources attribute to the Pentagon for a suspension of all contact. “Our policies are well-known and I’m not aware of any changes in policy (on Iran). We have contacts with them. They will continue,” Powell told reporters. U.S. officials said they have intelligence suggesting senior al Qaeda members hiding in Iran had prior knowledge of the May 12 suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia which killed 34 people, including eight Americans. The United States blames al Qaeda for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America. Iran told Washington to stay out of what it said were internal affairs. Full Story
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