Iran tries to rally support from neighbors

May 8, 2006 03:38

Iranian officials are trying to rally support among the country's neighbors as tensions with the United States grow over the country's nuclear program. Ali Larijani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, visits Turkey on Monday, a few days after he met with the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, where he sought to ease the Gulf neighbors' fears about Iran's nuclear intentions and urge Gulf intervention to ease the rising tensions. The trip comes as the United States is pushing to isolate Iran if it does not suspend its uranium enrichment activities and allow the monitoring of its nuclear program. Washington believes Tehran's nuclear activities are aimed at creating nuclear weapons, although Iran insists its program is peaceful and aimed only at producing energy.

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