Iran criticises US official

04 December 2003
Tehran criticised on 3 December comments made by US deputy secretary of state John Bolton the previous day, in which he condemned Iran's 'illegitimate' nuclear weapons programme and criticised the government's 'economic incentives and aggressive propaganda'. 'Such comments provide sufficient proof that the US authorities still believe that they can achieve their objectives through arrogant bullying,' said the spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Hamid Reza Asefi. 'Such an attitude by US statesmen is the biggest threat against global peace and security.' (MEED 14:11:03)

The EU and the US have been highly critical of Iran's nuclear programme. Tehran received a stern warning from the International Atomic Energy Agency on 26 November when the organisation's board of directors passed a resolution berating Iran for concealing information about its nuclear weapons programme (MEED 26:11:03)

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