Sunday, July 10, 2005

Iranian president-elect rejects allegations, warns West

While rejecting all charges, Iranian president- elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday warned the West over recent allegations against him on involvement in the US embassy siege and assassination of a Kurdish leader.

“Such totally baseless allegations by some Western circles despite having access to most advanced security and intelligence systems is indeed quite questionable,” Ahmadinejad was quoted by the ISNA news agency as saying in a first direct reaction to the allegations.

Ahmadinejad has been accused by the US of having been one of the hostage takers in the 1979 seizure of the US embassy in Teheran. He is also accused by Austrian political circles of involvement in the 1989 assassination of a Kurdish leader in Vienna.

“We are after good ties with all countries, including Europe, but we advise all Western governments to moderate their positioning so that the Iranian people can still regard them as credible,” Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with parliament deputies.

He expressed wonder at Western governments who claim democracy but show disrespect towards the democratic choice of 30 million people in Iran’s presidential elections.


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