US willing to use nuclear issue to influence voting in US, Iran - Majlis speaker
( IRNA )- The US officials are to use the issue of adopting new anti-Iran resolution by the UN Security council to influence two major elections in both Iran and the US, Majlis speaker said Saturday evening.
Addressing a local gathering, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said using the issue of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, the US officials intended to influence massive turnout of Iranians in the country's March 14 parliamentary election as well as the US presidential election slated for November.
The US officials are seeking to influence Iran's next
parliamentary election as well as the US presidential election by putting forward the issue of adopting a third resolution against Iran at the United Nations Security Council," Haddad-Adel said stressing, "This is of course a wrong impression on part of the White House." He added efforts made by Washington in this regard would have no effect on Iranians' turnout in the upcoming election, "nor does it force the nation to change its political inclination in favor of a special political group."
Referring to the long history of Washington's hostility towards Tehran, Haddad-Adel said US was using the issue of Iran's peaceful nuclear program as a political leverage against the country.
The speaker made the remarks commenting on the recent efforts made by US senior officials to force the UN Security Council to adopt another resolution against Iran for its peaceful nuclear activities following the release of the latest report by the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, that verified again the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programs.
In his 11-page report, released on Friday, ElBaradei said that the agency has made good progress in its investigation into Iran's nuclear drive.
He also verified non-diversion of Iran's nuclear program stressing that the IAEA's inspectors "have made quite good progress in clarifying the outstanding issues that had to do with Iran's past nuclear activities."
ElBaradei also said that during the last few months Iran had provided the UN nuclear watchdog with "visits to many places, which enable us to have a clearer picture of Iran's current program." As for the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities, ElBaradei said, that "in connection with the weaponization studies, we have not seen any indication that these studies were linked to nuclear material."