Iran says human rights record is not spotless

July 12, 2011 20:27

VIENNA - Iran does not claim to have a spotless human rights record, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday after criticism from his Austrian counterpart.

Michael Spindelegger said he had called on Iran to release two women's rights activists and had asked about three American hikers set to go on trial later this month.

Salehi, who was in Vienna for talks with the UN nuclear watchdog chief, said Iran was determined to improve its human rights situation.

"No country in the world can claim to have a spotless human rights record, a perfect situation. We do not claim that everything is perfect in our country," he said in comments translated into German from Farsi.

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