Romania Expels Iraqi Diplomats

World | March 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00

Romania has expelled five Iraqi diplomats for conducting activities "incompatible" with their status the Foreign Ministry has said. A statement from the ministry said that the presence of the diplomats had become "undesirable". Romania's Prime Minister, Adrian Nastase, confirmed the move but denied it was because of pressure from the United States. The US has expelled two Iraqi diplomats in the United Nations. It has identified a further 300 Iraqis in 60 countries - some of whom are diplomats - and has called on governments to expel them, arguing the alleged agents could attack US interests. Australia has also ordered an Iraqi diplomat it accused of being an intelligence agent out of the country.

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