Iranian group slams Ahmadinejad's nuclear policy

An Iranian research center criticized on Saturday hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's nuclear policy, saying it has harmed the country. The Center for Strategic Research, a moderate group led by former top nuclear negotiator Hasan Rowhani, has accused the president of "distorting facts" to boost chances in upcoming elections. Ahmadinejad had described a 2003 deal brokered by his predecessor to suspend uranium enrichment as "disgraceful" in contrast to his own aggressive stance to pursue Iran's nuclear program. The body said Saturday that Ahmadinejad's refusal to halt uranium enrichment resulted in UN sanctions that have hurt the country.