King Hussein, a longtime ally of the United States, is so angry over U.S. treatment of Jordan that he is considering cutting ties with Washington, a high-ranking palace official said Friday.
The official said the monarch was "carefully studying" the implications of cutting links to one of his closest friends in Jordan's 45-year history as an independent state.But the official said no decision was expected before a Cabinet session next week.
In a speech Wednesday, the king erupted with anger at the United States and its allies, accusing them of trying to destroy neighboring Iraq and impose Western control over the Middle East.
Although Jordan remains officially neutral, the king termed the allied war effort "a war against all Arabs and Muslims."
The speech has triggered a U.S. review of the $100 million in U.S. economic aid to Hussein's Middle East nation.
Speaking at an informal gathering of political figures, the palace official said the kingdom was considering severing ties "because of U.S. political and economic pressures on the Jordanian government" since Iraq's Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait.
"We are being misunderstood, misinterpreted and misrepresented, and Washington is behind all of that," the official said.