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Ahmadinejad: Russia 'made a mistake' in IAEA vote

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Russia erred last week in vote for U.N. resolution
  • U.N. nuclear watchdog's resolution rebukes Iran for its nuclear activities
  • Ahmadinejad asserted Russia did not have a proper "analysis" of the issue
  • Iran claims it is developing nuclear power for peaceful purposes, not nuclear weaponry

(CNN) -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Russia erred last week when it voted for the U.N. nuclear watchdog's resolution rebuking Iran for its nuclear activities.

Ahmadinejad, during a TV interview Tuesday, also criticized the West for double standards and called the contention that Iran is isolating itself "ridiculous."

He repeated Iran's position that the International Atomic Energy Agency resolution has no legal basis and said the issue over Iran's nuclear program has become politicized.

"Some people were deceived. I think Russia made a mistake," he said, asserting it didn't have a proper "analysis" of the issue. He didn't elaborate on that.

International powers fear that Iran is developing nuclear weaponry and want to be sure that will not happen. Iran says it is developing nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

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Twenty-five of the 35 countries with representatives on the IAEA board of governors voted for the resolution, which also called for Iran to suspend its construction of the newly disclosed Qom nuclear facility.

Ahmadinejad said Britain and Israel sabotaged the talks in Geneva, Switzerland, that led to the vote.

Russia, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, has been involved in the negotiations with Iran over the nuclear issue -- along with Germany and the other permanent members: France, Britain, the United States and China. Russia hasn't always sided with other nations on how to approach the problem.

Three countries opposed the resolution -- Cuba, Malaysia and Venezuela. Six countries abstained and another was absent.

The Iranian president said any sanctions would have minimal effect and said world powers wouldn't think about launching an attack on the country.

Ahmadinejad also indicated he is disappointed with President Barack Obama's performance and he discussed his recent trip to Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, Senegal, and Gambia -- a journey he hailed as successful. He didn't make any reference to the case of five British sailors held by Tehran since November 25.

 
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