US general: No evidence Iran gave arms to Shi'ite

A top US general said Tuesday there was no evidence the Iranian government was supplying Iraqi insurgents with highly lethal roadside bombs, contradicting claims by other US military and administration officials. Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said US forces hunting down terrorist networks that produced roadside bombs had arrested Iranians and that some of the material used in the devices were made in Iran. "That does not translate that the Iranian government per se, for sure, is directly involved in doing this," Pace told reporters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. "What it does say is that things made in Iran are being used in Iraq to kill coalition soldiers." The remarks come in response to comments made by three senior military officials in Baghdad Sunday that the highest levels of Iranian government were responsible for arming Shi'ite terrorists in Iraq with the bombs, blamed for the deaths of more than 170 US troops. Iran on Monday denied any involvement.