Opposition leader: WikiLeaks show Iran 'vulnerable'

Ahmadinejad rival blames president for isolating Islamic Republic from Gulf States; cites cables urging US military action to halt Teheran.

December 12, 2010 18:06
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Iranian reform leader Mir Hossein Mousavi

311_mousavi with mikes. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

TEHRAN, Iran—US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show Iran is increasingly isolated by neighboring countries that see it as a threat,  an Iranian opposition leader said Sunday.

The statement by Mir Hossein Mousavi blames his rival, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for hard-line policies that put Iran in a "vulnerable situation" in the region.

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The leaked American diplomatic messages cite several Gulf Arab leaders, including Saudi's powerful King Abdullah, urging US military action to halt Iran's nuclear program.

Teheran has tried to repair relations with Gulf neighbors, but Mousavi says the cables show Iran is without any allies in the Gulf, where the US maintains a strong military presence.

Mousavi's statement was posted on his website Sunday.

The pro-reform politician, who ran against Ahmadinejad in last year's election, is at the head of an opposition movement in disarray and left hobbled by a crackdown on protesters, activists and reformist politicians.

Mousavi, whose office was raided and surrounded by security forces in September, can do little more than issue challenging rhetoric on his website in an attempt to keep rank-and-file activists inspired and encourage Iranian government opponents living abroad.

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