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Ahmadinejad Accuses ‘Enemy’ of Cloud Seeding Amid Iran Drought

September 16, 2012

Iran is grappling with drought and the country’s enemies are worsening it by destroying the nation’s rain clouds, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

“Part of the drought is unintentional and due to climate change and part of it intentional and due to a war started by the enemy, which is emptying clouds before they reach our country,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a report published today by the state-run Mehr news agency.

“This is another war that Iran will overcome,” Ahmadinejad said, without elaborating. Iranian officials refer to the U.S. and Israel as enemies that seek to undermine the Islamic Republic through economic, cyber and psychological warfare.

Iran is at loggerheads with the U.S. and its allies over its nuclear program and has come under a series of financial, trade and energy sanctions for its refusal to curb its activities. Iran says as a signatory to the nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty it is entitled to carry out work as part of its civilian nuclear program.

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