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Ahmadinejad says leak will not affect relations in Gulf region

By the CNN Wire Staff
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Wikileaks documents are "valueless," Iranian leader says
  • The release includes cables that reveal anxiety about Iran's nuclear program
  • Ahmadinejad likens the leak to "psychological warfare and a propaganda game"

(CNN) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that the release of secret diplomatic cables by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks "will not have any affect on this region's nations," calling the documents "valueless."

Ahmadinejad likened the release to "psychological warfare and a propaganda game."

"These games will not affect relations," he told a news conference in Tehran.

U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by Wikileaks were released Sunday. Many reveal considerable anxiety among the Persian Gulf states about Iran's nuclear program.

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Several cables include pressure from U.S. allies in the Middle East for decisive action to neutralize the program. According to one cable, King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifah of Bahrain told Gen. David Petraeus, then the top U.S. commander in the region, that the United States must curb Iran's nuclear program by whatever means necessary.

"The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it," the king is quoted as saying. Similarly, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia implored Washington to "cut off the head of the snake" while there was still time, according to a cable cited by the British newspaper The Guardian.

While dismissing the Wikileaks release, Ahmadinejad appeared to condemn the leak, saying, "These are secret documents belonging to countries and they shouldn't be published."

 
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