Baku, Azerbaijan, May 11
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's senior MP, Gholam Reza Mesbahi Moghaddam says that the former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in favor of accepting the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the Islamic Republic's nuclear deal.
Mesbahi Moghaddam, who is spokesman for powerful conservative party, the Combatant Clergy Society, said in an interview with Entekhab news portal that the ex-president requested Khamenei to accept the resolutions.
Ahmadinejad in his second term as president submitted a report to Khamenei, saying there is no choice but accepting the resolutions and "we got to the end of the line," Mesbahi Moghaddam said.
However Khamenei opposed the report and rejected the request, according to the MP.
According to Moghaddam, after Khamenei refused to accept the report, Ahmadinejad said that if it is not accepted, Khamenei is responsible for the case.
The senior MP did not unveil more information about the date of the meeting between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad as well as the details of ex-president's controversial report.
But according to him, Khamenei "clearly and decisively" answered Ahmadinejad that he accepts the responsibility of the case.
During the past several years, the United Nations Security Council adopted seven resolutions as part of international efforts to address Iran's nuclear program, demanding for suspension of the country's uranium enrichment program, as well undertaking several confidence-building measures.
The more than decade old disputes over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program came to an end last year after Tehran and the six world powers (the US, UK, Russia, China, Germany, France) reached a historic deal. Under the deal Iran accepted restrictions on its nuclear activities in exchange for removal of the nuclear-related international sanctions against the country.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Mesbahi Moghaddam accused the former president of mismanagement.
"When we observe Ahmadinejad's management record, we cannot conclude that he can manage a country like Iran," he said.
While commenting about rumors about Ahmadinejad's will to run in the 2017 presidential elections, he said that the Guardian Council would "certainly" disqualify Ahmadinejad from the elections and that the Combatant Clergy Society would not accept "the hand of friendship" from Ahmadinejad even if he offered it.