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Bombings Show 'The War on Terrorism Goes On,' Rice Says

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2003 – Recent terror bombings in Saudi Arabia and Chechnya demonstrate that the war against global terrorism isn't over, the U.S. National Security Adviser said today.

Press reports cite 34 people were killed and 200 injured, including eight American dead and 40 wounded, May 12 in three suicide bombings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

"It was just a reminder that the war on terrorism goes on," Condoleezza Rice told reporters at the Washington Foreign Press Center.

And noting that terror bombings have also recently occurred in Chechnya, she emphasized that "our work is not done there is hard work ahead."

The war against terrorism "is a worldwide and global effort, and everybody must participate and participate to the fullest," Rice asserted.

In the aftermath of the Riyadh bombings, where terrorists blew up vehicles loaded with explosives and themselves, Rice said Saudi government officials are providing "good cooperation" to the U.S. government.

"And, I'm sure, in the wake of this terrible incident in Riyadh, that we will seek to intensify our cooperation," she pointed out. "All of us can always do better and we look forward to working with the Saudi government."

Another apparent terrorist bombing occurred May 13 in Yemen, where several people were injured when a bomb detonated in a courtroom. Press reports noted that a suspected al Qaeda member was tried and found guilty last week in that same courtroom for killing three American missionaries.

President Bush is resolved in his belief that "terrorism - wherever it is carried out, against whom it is carried out -- is not a legitimate means for advancing a political agenda," Rice noted.

"All terrorism is wrong," Rice asserted. The United States has received "very good cooperation" from India's government in the war on terrorism, she noted, "from the time of the attack on the Indian Parliament" about a year and a half ago.

The U.S. government, Rice pointed out, has cited a number of organizations that have been involved in terrorism against India including Kashmiri-based groups. "And we will continue to speak out about terrorism -- wherever it might occur," she emphasized.

Rice also remarked that Bush meets today with visiting South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun. Bush, she continued, will take the opportunity to thank Roh for South Korea's support in liberating Iraq.

The two senior leaders, Rice added, are also slated to discuss the current situation with North Korea, the war on terrorism and the world economy.

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