DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said in remarks published Tuesday that Arab states would not take part in any U.S.-led attack on Iraq and warned that it is dangerous to underestimate anti-U.S. sentiments in the region.
President Bush accuses Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein of developing weapons of mass destruction and is seeking a tough U.N. resolution on arms inspections authorizing a military strike against Iraq.
Washington is also trying to build an international coalition, including Arab states, to support a possible strike.
"As for using the military option or any force against Iraq, what is certain is that no one in the Arab world accepts or sanctions such a move," Moussa told the United Arab Emirates' Arabic-language Al Khaleej newspaper.
"Arab states cannot be part of or join an alliance directed against an Arab nation without justification. And if, as some suggest, the justification is weapons of mass destruction, then the logical solution lies in the return of inspectors to Iraq to see for themselves," he said.