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Iranian president raps nuclear watchdog IAEA

Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said IAEA's decisions were politically motivated.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 21:18 IST

Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday rapped the UN's nuclear watchdog, saying its decisions were politically motivated and made under the influence of world powers.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is meeting on Monday to make an assessment of Iran's controversial nuclear programme that will be sent to the UN Security Council, which could then take punitive action.

Ahmadinejad's visit to Malaysia, which ends on Friday, is part of a campaign to avert sanctions and promote Iran's stance that it has a right to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The outspoken president said in a speech that one of the major challenges facing the Muslim world was "the increasing loss of credibility by international organisations".

"Regrettably most international organisations have turned into political organisations and the influence of great powers prevents them from taking fair and legally sound decisions," he said.

"IAEA's treatment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the board of governors of the IAEA for that matter, their approach towards the Islamic Republic of Iran is a purely politically motivated action."

However, Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who is on a worldwide tour to explain Tehran's position, said that there was still room for compromise to resolve the stand-off.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 21:18 IST