Monday, August 22, 2005

Iran's Leader Raps Europeans Over Nuke Talks

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's hard-line president scolded Europeans on Sunday, accusing them of being willing to sell their goods to Iranians while at the same time trying to strangle Tehran's nuclear program.

Some legislators, meanwhile, criticized Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Cabinet nominees, with one lawmaker asserting that the new president's proposed government had autocratic leanings.

In a speech to parliament, Ahmadinejad did not name any European country but was clearly alluding to Britain, France and Germany — Iran's largest European trading partners. They referred Iran to the U.N. nuclear watchdog this month after Tehran announced it was resuming uranium processing.


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