Friday, June 11, 2004

Khaleej Times Online

Khaleej Times Online

TEHERAN - Two of Iran’s most powerful leaders - Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Hasan Rowhani – on Friday warned European governments they might regret pandering to Teheran’s arch-foe Washington by submitting a strongly critical draft resolution on its nuclear programme to the UN watchdog.

The draft to be put before the board governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency by Britain, France and Germany next week “gives the impression that Europe and the United States are working together to deprive Iran of nuclear technology,” Rafsanjani told worshippers at the main weekly Muslim prayers in Teheran.

“If that is the case, they will regret it,” warned the former president who remains extremely influential within the Islamic regime.

The draft “reflects the position of the United States and some Western countries,” Rowhani, who is in charge of Iran’s nuclear affairs, told state television.


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