Egypt slams Ahmadinejad for nuclear boasts

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December 25, 2006 23:02

 
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Egypt's foreign minister on Monday rebuked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for boasting that his country had turned nuclear, saying such language should be used by only those who have the nuclear bomb. The rebuke fits with the increasing unease in the Arab world about Iran's influence in Iraq and its potential for stirring up tension between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Reacting to the UN Security Council resolution that imposed limited sanctions on Iran for its refusal to cease uranium enrichment, President Ahmadinejad told a gathering in Tehran on Sunday that, whether the world liked it or not, "Iran is a nuclear country." Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit disputed this on Monday, saying in a statement that "the possession by some countries of peaceful nuclear technology, or some of stages of the nuclear cycle, or carrying out some peaceful nuclear activities, does not mean by any means that it can call itself a nuclear state."

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