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Iran's Opposition Criticizes Nuclear Policies

26 September 2005 (RFE/RL) --One of Iran's leading reformist opposition factions has criticized the country's nuclear policies as they may bring Iran before the United Nations Security Council.

A spokesman for the Combatant Clergy Association faction said the government had made a political mistake in the negotiations with the EU on the country's nuclear programs.

Rassoul Montajebnia told the semi-official ILNA news agency that the rhetoric adopted by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's government was "too provocative" and eventually led to the latest resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency. On 24 September, the IAEA approved a resolution according to which Iran's case would be referred to the Security Council if no new developments occurred by the November meeting of the agency's board.

Former President Mohammad Khatami, who had advocated negotiations with the EU, is one of the senior members of the MJM faction.


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