From Hugh Dougherty, PA News, in New York
America tonight told the United Nations it may attack other countries in its campaign against terrorism.
In a letter to the United Nations Security Council, America said it and Britain had launched attacks on Afghanistan under the part of the UN Charter allowing self-defence.
And it said its target was the al Qaida terrorist network, which is funded and overseen by Osama bin Laden, the man suspected to be the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.
In the letter to the Security Council, America's ambassador to the United Nations, John Negroponte, said there may be more action elsewhere.
"We may find that our self-defence requires further actions with respect to other organisations and other states," Mr Negroponte wrote.
The ambassador said the investigation into the September 11 attacks "has obtained clear and compelling information that the al Qaida organisation, which is supported by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, had a central role in the attacks".
But it added: "There is still much we do not know. Our inquiry is in its early stages."
And at the White House, spokesman Air Fleischer confirmed the letter had been sent, but refused to elaborate on what other states may become targets.
"The letter speaks for itself," he said.
"If you are asking me to provide a list of other states, I decline to do that.
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