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Washington has threatened to seize Iraqi assets and oil money if Baghdad rejects a controversial US-proposed security pact, Iraq says.
Upon arrival in Iraq from Washington, President Jalal Talabani told reporters that he is concerned over Washington threats.
"Washington threatened to use any means to seize Iraqi assets if we do not support the security pact," Marsadiraq quoted Talabani as saying.
Washington currently seeks to sign a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with Baghdad to give legal basis to its military and political presence in oil-rich Iraq after a UN mandate defining its status expires on December 31.
While there have been indications that the proposed pact may conditionally require US troops stationed in Iraq to leave the country by the end of 2011, it does not necessitate a withdrawal unless Baghdad can fully restore stability in the country.
The deal has been severely criticized by prominent Iraqi political and religious figures, who say it would undermine the country's national sovereignty.
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
IMHO, it isn't theft. It's a long overdue bill the standing Iraq government owes this country. They were supposed to be footing their own bill by now, yet are still suckling at the teat of the US tax payer. That's wrong.
In late August, thousands of Iraqis took to the streets to denounce the agreement.