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WikiLeaks revelations 'psychological war' against Iran, commander says

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Iranian general says WikiLeaks documents on Iran are fabrications
  • The revelations on Iran are part of a "psycho war" campaign, the general says
  • Some WikiLeaks documents indicate Arab concerns over Iran's nuclear program

(CNN) -- Revelations about Iran contained in secret diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks are nothing more than fabrications designed to pave the way for U.S. actions against the country, according to an Iranian general quoted Tuesday by the semi-official FARS News Agency.

"WikiLeaks is a mid-term political move and a psycho war whose roots should be sought in the U.S. administration," FARS quoted Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri, a deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, as saying.

Among other revelations in the 250,000 secret U.S. documents being published by the site, diplomatic cables indicate that Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program. Abdullah warned that if Iran were to establish a successful program, so would other countries in the region.

But Iranian officials have rejected claims that any Arab states are troubled by Iran's nuclear program.

Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, said Tuesday that "our ties are strong with our neighbors and we have the best of relations with them."

He said attempts to damage those relations will not succeed.

Jalili made his comments during discussions between Iran and the United States, China, France, Russia, England and Germany on Iran's nuclear program. U.S. and other world leaders are concerned that Iran wants to produce nuclear weapons, a claim Iranian officials have denied.

This week, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization told state media that the country has begun producing yellowcake uranium, making its nuclear program self-sufficient.

Jazayeri said the WikiLeaks documents are fabrications meant to gain the trust of other world leaders to pave the way for an attack on the country.

"From this point of view, we should wait for the United States' hostile measures against the targeted countries, including Iran, in future," FARS quoted Jazayeri as saying.

U.S. leaders have strongly denounced the release of the cables by WikiLeaks, saying the releases have seriously damaged U.S. security interests and international relations.

The comments from Jazayeri and Jalili are the latest from Iranian leaders discounting the WikiLeaks cables.

On November 29, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed the United States released the documents intentionally for political effect.

"The U.S. administration released them and based on them they pass judgment," state TV news agency IRIB quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. "The documents have no legal value and will not have the political effect they seek."

And last week, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called the WikiLeaks revelations "highly dubious," according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

 
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